February 24, 2022


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Technology-Enabled Workflow Drives Data Center Construction Efficiency

Customer Profile: Family-owned and operated Aldridge Electric is an electrical contractor headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois. Founded in 1952, the company has nearly 70 years of experience completing complex and challenging projects in the transportation and power markets. The company has regional offices in California, Maryland and Wisconsin.

Business Challenge: Fabricate and install power network for energy efficient data center.



  • Improved operator confidence
  • Faster issue resolution
  • Improved field coordination
  • Reduced rework
  • Reduced emissions
  • Greater accuracy

The new Dekalb Data Center located on a 500-acre campus in Dekalb, Illinois, is on track to be one of the most sustainable facilities of its kind. Designed to be LEED Gold Certified, the facility incorporates energy and water conservation as well as waste reduction processes. According to the owner, the facility will run on 100% renewable energy and use 80% less water than the average data center.

Building a facility to achieve those sustainable goals and perform necessary functions requires a comprehensive network of routers, switches, firewalls, storage systems, servers and controllers—and it’s up to family-owned and operated Aldridge Electric to put much of the network into play.

With headquarters in nearby Libertyville, Illinois, the firm is the electrical utility contractor for the one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center. The scope of the project included fabricating and installing 60,000 linear feet of cable, 100,000 linear feet of duct bank, 1.2 million feet of conduit and 225 manholes that link the substation and the data center.

To meet the 14-month construction timeline, Aldridge initiated a connected, technology-enabled planning, design, fabrication and installation workflow that spans seamless concept-to-construction workflows…