Tony is a commercial real estate investor who purchased a 20,000 square foot facility in New Jersey with the intention of turning it back into office space. However, he recently came across his first major setback - the previous owners left behind a mess of server racks, raised flooring, and a bunch of different electrical equipment. It's clearly going to take a lot of work to remove, and will likely be a big expense.
The first demolition company he reached out to told him they could clear everything out for $25k. He shakes his head in disgust as he realize this first unexpected expense is really going to eat away at his profit margin. Tony made a few more calls to other demolition companies, but ultimately settled for one that couldn’t meet him where his budget needed to be.
Data center: a room/facility full of server racks, raised flooring, batteries, switchgear, ups equipment, CRAC units, and other electrical infrastructure.
The common misconception: this data center in my facility is going to be expensive to remove because it involves lots of specialized people and equipment.
Tony represents the vast majority of accidental data center owners who don’t realize that the equipment they are gutting from their facility actually has value to someone else. It’s true that they require costly specialized heavy equipment and specialized manpower. Additionally, they might require traffic management and city permits, safe removal and transportation of hazardous materials, and disconnection of power, liquids, gases, and heavy-duty infrastructure. However, much of the equipment that is being removed has resell value if put in the right hands. As the old adage goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Take a second to consider this: you may be sitting on an asset instead of an expense. Iron Flag Power Systems is one of the only demolition companies in the nation who will actually pay their customer to decommission their facility. In other words, Iron Flag is able to extract the value out of the equipment and use that to offset the expense of its removal. Imagine turning a $25,000 expense into a $50,000 revenue..
Iron Flag is an asset recovery service specializing in decommissioning data centers: the removal of generators, UPS equipment, hazardous waste disposal including Freon, glycol and diesel, electrical switchgear, panelboard and breaker safe-off disconnection and removal, removal of raised flooring, and the removal of CRAC units, PDUs, network and fiber cable, and server racks.
After removing the equipment Iron Flag will recover your space by bringing it back to bare walls and concrete (aka "white box").
Upon prying back the raised flooring of a data center, you might ask yourself "who the heck would actually pay me to get rid of this mess?"
Iron Flag is an honest and reliable company with the unique characteristic of finding a mutually equitable arrangement for your demolition. Iron Flag Power Systems has decommissioned 50+ sites, including several fortune 500 companies. You can rest assured that we have the experience and expertise to complete your project smoothly, on time, and at a maximum revenue for your pocket. Iron Flag decommissions data centers nationwide, and will provide a polished service from phone call to completion.
If you are interested in discovering the value of your old data center, contact us and we’ll set up a site walk as soon as possible. Unsure if we are a good fit? No problem, give us a call and we’ll explore that answer together.
Decommissioning Services Include:
Generator and UPS purchase, shut down, and removal.
UPS battery removal and recycling.
Hazardous waste disposal including freon, glycol and diesel.
Disconnection and removal of electrical switchgear, panelboard and breaker.
Raised flooring removal.
Removal of CRAC units, PDUs, network and fiber cable, and server racks.
Equipment appraisal and reselling.
Demolition of walls, ceiling and anything else to satisfy landlord requirements.
White boxing the room to bring your facility back to a usable space.