Swiss health care company Novartis opened its newest global data center Sept. 29 at its Alcon eye care division headquarters in Fort Worth.
One of four Novartis data centers – two are located in Switzerland and one in New Jersey – the new 37,000-square-foot facility is the main data host location for the Americas. The environmentally sustainable building meets and exceeds LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers standards.
Construction on the $53 million facility began July 1, 2014, and the center opened on time and within budget, according to Rob James, Novartis chief information officer.
“Data is the lifeblood of Novartis,” James said. “After a thorough evaluation of several global sites, Fort Worth, Texas, offered Novartis the most ideal location for this new center. We thank the city of Fort Worth for their collaboration in helping this center come to fruition and are pleased to establish the center in the community where Alcon is headquartered.”
Acquired by Novartis in 2011, Alcon currently employs about 4,400 employees in Fort Worth and 25,000 worldwide.
“Fort Worth is becoming quite a center for data,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Novartis and Alcon continue to be strong partners with Fort Worth and will continue to be leaders.”
StructureTone South West was the lead contractor for the project and Integrated Design Group was involved in the design of the center as well, according to Alcon officials.