After a lengthy delay in picking a site, plans to build a new $500-million Social Security Administration data center are moving ahead. Federal officials finally selected a site in Urbana, Md., in early February and a request for qualifications for a design-build team for the project is on the street. The 400,000-square-foot project is one of the largest new buildings funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus act provided $400 million to cover the construction cost, plus $100 million to partially fund equipment for the new center. The project was the focus of a Feb. 11
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.