This disclosure describes techniques for time-efficient and cost-effective construction of data center buildings. Per techniques of this disclosure, the server hall rack infrastructure that houses data center equipment is additionally utilized as structural support for the data center building itself. Columns of hot aisle containment (HAC) rows extend from the building foundation to the ceiling. The HAC rows house the data center equipment while columns of the HAC rows provide structural support to the data center building roof. Optionally, the lower rackstop can be extended and an upper rackstop provided for additional functionality. Air handling units (AHUs) can be attached to the rack. The described techniques enable the construction of modular-stick built data center housing (DCH). Utilization of the HAC to support the building envelope can lead to reduced costs and a lower carbon footprint.

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