Project Description

717 South Wells Data Center

Chicago, Illinois
  • Netrality
  • Load & Condition Ratings
  • Structural Design & Retrofit,
Market Sector:
  • Data Centers
  • Commercial

The 717 South Wells Netrality project involved retrofitting a historic building located in the heart of Chicago’s financial district to support one of the largest data centers in the region. Originally built in 1923, the 10-story, 100,000-square-foot property now serves as a major hub for data and Internet traffic and provides reliable network interconnection infrastructure for carriers, service providers, and enterprise customers.

The Frost team provided structural engineering services necessary to support the critical capacity additions to the existing building. Frost served as engineer of record on the project and performed all structural analysis and design work in support of the equipment installation data hall build outs. Frost performed the design and analysis of the existing structure as well as the detailing of the rooftop dunnage structure expansion and modifications and design of CFRP column strengthening wraps.


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