Critical Facilities

The Critical Facilities Group provides comprehensive consulting and transactional services for data center and critical power requirements. Our group is a highly specialized team of consultants with broad experience in the technology, real estate, and corporate finance disciplines. CFG understands the mission critical role of a client’s infrastructure, and the material cost associated with acquiring and operating these facilities.

Savills Studley’s focus on representing users of space and power makes our group uniquely able to provide conflict-free representation. Through the use of transparent and methodical approaches to critical power and data center acquisition, our group provides clients with optimal solutions to help meet their financial and operational objectives.

Our process begins with design rationalization, in which we define critical demand and redundancy levels. By fulling understanding projected growth and needed flexibility, we can ensure compliance with auditing standards, including but not limited to SAS70, SSAE, and HIPPA.

From there, we proceed to site selection and evaluation, which begins with an analysis of any existing contracts and relationships, including network and utility service providers. We consider the impact to local power rates, cooling, staffing, taxes and other costs related to geography. This includes evaluating geographical diversity and business continuity requirements.

With a site selected, the team assists in financial deal structuring. We help to evaluate the client’s cost of capital versus impact to EBIT(DA) or other metrics to ensure solutions meet client objectives. Our analysis typically examines the quantitative and qualitative comparison of leasing versus ownership, and examines the landlord’s perspective. The goal is to provide a true, all-in cost to operate the facility.

When the project moves to transaction execution, we adhere to a transparent approach to generate leverage and reach bottom-line economics. We negotiate Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) and caps on PUE’s. Our goal is always to build in flexibility (expansion / contraction) and to shed construction and delivery risk. We develop comprehensive RFP’s to address all major business terms early in the process, ensuring organizational and business objectives are met right from the start.

The Critical Facilities Group has the discipline-bridging skills necessary to plan, advise and negotiate effectively, to ensure the success of your most important facilities.

 
 

Key contacts

David Gordon

Vice Chairman, Director

+1 310 444 1060

+1 310 444 1060

 

Kelly Givens

Vice Chairman, Corporate Services Group, Director

+1 949 660 3553

+1 949 660 3553

 

Ian Zilla

Senior Managing Director

+1 212 326 1038

+1 212 326 1038

 

Rick Drescher

Managing Director, Critical Facilities Group

+1 212 326 1001

+1 212 326 1001