Beyond If Beyond If
If/When Jan 26, 2021

Cloud Condos: Co-location for Hyperscale

Show Contributors: Kenneth J. Kutsmeda, Paul G. D'Onofrio, David Seger, Paul Thies


In this episode of If/When, we talked with several of Jacobs’ Data Center subject matter experts about their new design concept for Cloud Condos, which brings together the best of both Hyperscale and Colocation data center design. This plug-and-play concept offers both flexibility and scalability while maximizing speed to market for data center clients. Our featured guests include Kenneth J. Kutsmeda – Global Technology Leader for Jacobs Mission Critical; Paul D'Onofrio - Discipline Lead – Architecture, Jacobs; and David Seger - Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mission Critical Technologist, Jacobs.

external Download the transcript

Episode notes

Kenneth J. Kutsmeda, PE, LEED® AP is the Global Technology Leader for Jacobs Mission Critical.  Over the past 22 years, Ken has built a catalogue of over one million square feet of completed data centers for numerous commercial, federal, co-location and cloud providers. He has focused his career on adapting the latest technologies to electrical system design for mission critical facilities across the globe. He is responsible for developing, engineering, designing and commissioning critical power distribution systems. His expertise has given him the opportunity to present and publish articles on mission critical power distribution systems, and he is currently a member of Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board. Ken is a graduate of Drexel University. 

Paul G. D’Onofrio, AIA, LEED® AP is the Global Program Architect for the Jacobs Mission Critical Design Group.  With more than 25 years in architectural practice, Paul has worked on a wide range of different building types and project scopes including data centers. For the past seven years, he has focused on the research & development, masterplanning, design, and the construction administration of large hyperscale data center campus projects in regions around the world, including projects in the US, EMEA, APAC and LATAM.  He especially enjoys collaborating with the engineering disciplines and hyperscale clients in fostering the evolution of current data center technologies, and pursuing the development of new and innovative design concepts for the cloud data center market.  Originally from Long Island, Paul is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and has lived in Philadelphia for the past 26 years. 

David Seger is a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mission Critical Technologist with Jacobs’ Advanced Facilities group. With over 35 years of operations and design engineering experience in the U.S. and internationally, clients turn to David for his expertise in mission critical facilities.  He is experienced in semiconductor plant operations and has executed design projects for various critical mission industries including major data centers, high performance compute facilities, and microelectronic semiconductor and lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities. His facility design experience includes multiple configurations of critical environment airflow management systems for cleanrooms and data centers, central plant systems, general HVAC systems, process and general exhaust systems, and plumbing and fire protection systems. He has developed innovative design solutions for data centers that utilize direct and indirect air-side economizers, water-side economizers, high and low-temperature chilled water systems, heat recovery systems, and thermal energy storage systems.