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22 Feb 2022

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Owner of AXO Architects joins IDCA Standards Committee

Washington D.C., February 22nd, 2022: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today announced that Mr. David Sassano, RA, AIA, NCARB, the owner of AXO Architects, a leading design and architecture firm in Northern Virginia has joined the IDCA Technical Standards Committee. Oh the occasion of his joining the IDCA, Mr. David Sassano stated, “I am very excited to join the IDCA Technical committee. As an architect, I care deeply about the built environment. I believe all professionals have a responsibility to leave the world a little better than they found it; more beautiful, healthier, safer, and more equitable. While there is plenty of room for debate on the specifics, beauty, health, safety, and equity are all built on common societal and cultural foundations.” Mr. Sassano continued, “Today, those foundations rest in great part on data! Most people do not associate data with a physical presence, but in fact it has a great physical presence. And because it has a great physical presence it is very important for architects to apply their training and creative problem-solving skills to the conversation of how this physical presence manifests itself in the built environment.” Mr. Sassano concluded, “And so, I am very excited to bring my skills as a 3-dimensional thinker to the outstanding group of members in the IDCA Technical committee.”

Mehdi Paryavi, Chairman of IDCA stated, “David is a brilliant architect and leads a promising architecture firm in the data center space. We believe that he brings creativity and a unique set of expertise which IDCA’s technical standards committee can put to great use.”

David Sassano is the owner of AXO Architects, in Northern Virginia. He has designed several million square feet of data centers, ranging in size from 4MW to 100MW. While his firm has focused primarily on data centers and mission critical buildings since 2014, they have a wide range of design experience. Mr. Sassano holds that all design is essentially creative problem solving.In the design of a data center, that creativity is applied so that the buildings housing our data are efficient, effective, economical, and elegant.

Mr. Sassano is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, he spent 9 years in New York City.He then moved back to his hometown of South Bend IN., where he raised his family and had his own practice. In 2009 he moved to Northern Virginia. He Joined Herring and Trowbridge Architects in 2013, acquired sole ownership upon the retirement of David Herring in 2016, and changed the name to AXO Architects in 2020. Mr. Sassano is a Registered Architect, and member of American Institute of Architects, and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

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