San Diego Unified School District
Serra Data Center
San Diego, CA

The Serra Data Center is a new One-story, 10,992 square foot facility within the existing Serra High School campus. The building includes a data center supporting District-Wide systems and student Information Technology classrooms. The data center portion of the building serves in conjunction with the existing data center at the District Headquarters approximately 12 miles from Serra High, near downtown San Diego. The Network Operations Center provides additional active capacity for storage and retrieval of the SDUSD’s network and computer-based applications, including mission critical information for over 220 K-12 school district campuses. On-site IT classrooms augment Serra High School’s technologically advanced IT curriculum.


Environmental control is based upon triple redundant chilled and hot water systems. Integration with generator, central plant and data system equipment provides continuous remote monitoring. The energy management system monitors 800 linear feet of water detection cable alongside pipe runs through-out the data center.

Enhanced sustainable measures benefit the building IT classrooms through the use of HVAC operation interlocked into lighting occupancy sensors along with demand based ventilation. Facility non-critical areas are prepared to implement demand limiting and utility provider Automated Demand Response programs. Control construction schedules remained fluid during the critical equipment installation and commissioning periods, requiring flexibility during required system trending and verification activities.


Project Details

Construction Manager: Soltek Pacific, Inc.

Owner: San Diego Unified School District

Architect: Marca-tects, Inc.

Mechanical Engineer: Turpin & Rattan Engineering

Controls Contractor: Sunbelt Controls