Case Study

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NOAA
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NOAA Data Center

The project included a $27.6 million renovation of a portion of a five-year-old office and laboratory building in an office park in Fairmont, WV. The facility includes administrative offices and three data center rooms for high-performance computing and data storage systems. The size is roughly 54,000-SF, with 16,000-SF of raised floor data halls. The facility wasn't originally designed to house a data center and required significant renovations, including the addition of an annex to the building to house the electrical equipment needed to power the data center, and a massive cooling plant to cool the computing equipment. The Basis of Design (BOD) required a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.5 or less, while capable of delivering extreme high-density power to the computer floor, at 32kW per rack. In addition to its notable energy efficiency, the system consumes virtually no water in operation.

The project is LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council, recognized as a significant achievement in energy conservation and sustainability.