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Advanced Data Centers Introduces Industry’s First LEED Platinum Pre-Certified Data Center


Advanced Data Centers

2008-08-04 23:01:00

Advanced Data Centers Introduces Industry’s First LEED Platinum Pre-Certified Data Center

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(EMWNews – August 5, 2008) – Advanced Data Centers (ADC), a leading

owner and developer of corporate data centers, announced today that its

McClellan Park data center has received Platinum Pre-Certification from the

U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED® Green Building Rating

System™. The McClellan Park facility, located in Sacramento,

California, is the industry’s first and only LEED Platinum pre-certified

data center.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building

Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for design,

construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED

gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an

immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance. LEED

promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing

performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials

selection, and indoor environmental quality.

“At a time when data center energy demand is accelerating, we are

significantly reducing energy usage and impact on the utility grid at the

McClellan Park facility,” said Michael Cohen, President of Advanced Data

Centers. “We will continue to design environmentally responsible data

centers and consider LEED as a baseline for our facilities going forward.”

The McClellan Park data center will have a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

of 1.1, while the average data center typically ranges from 1.8 to 3.0.

PUE is a measure of the energy efficiency of a data center. A 1.1 PUE

reduces the energy required to operate the data center by over 50 percent

and lowers the total cost of data center ownership to the customer. “The

reduction in energy usage significantly reduces the facility’s carbon

footprint and impact on the utility grid,” added Bob Seese, ADC’s Chief

Data Center Architect.

“The energy use of the ADC data center meets a recently considered

impossible to achieve PUE of 1.1. With an energy savings of $1 million to

$2 million per year this project stands to be the largest energy savings

achieved ever in Sacramento and indeed the rest of California,” said Peter

Rumsey, President of Rumsey Engineers. “ADC has taken a leadership role in

designing one of the country’s lowest energy data centers. This is the key

component of the LEED platinum certification and more importantly in making

this facility the lowest carbon-emitting data center of its kind in


Key environmental performance characteristics that contribute to the

McClellan Park data center include:

--  Sustainable site development: Built on a "brownfield" site; capturing

    100% of rainwater runoff from building; use of shade and reflective

    materials to reduce "heat island" effect; commuter alternatives program for

    building occupants

--  Water savings: Utilizes recycled (gray) water and captured rainwater

    for landscaping, restrooms and cooling tower backup; installing low- and no-

    water fixtures in restrooms; reuse of cooling tower "blow-down"

--  Energy efficiency: Reduction in cooling costs through careful airflow,

    and water-flow design and the use of outside air to cool 75% of year

--  Materials selection: Use of recycled non-toxic, and locally

    sourced/manufactured materials; recycled over 95% of demolition debris

--  Maintenance: Utilizing non-toxic low-VOC chemicals for facilities

    maintenance and routine personnel training in maintenance procedures

--  Indoor environmental quality: Using low-VOC materials, finishes,

    adhesives and sealants; provide day-lighting for building occupants


Advanced Data Center’s LEED Platinum pre-certified data center is located

on the former McClellan Air Force Base, a 3,000+ acre business park located

in Sacramento, CA that now serves as a state-of-the-art corporate and

industrial office park.

“ADC is joining our growing roster of green businesses at McClellan Park.

As one of the largest redevelopment projects in Northern California,

McClellan Park is one of the leading recyclers of buildings, and rather

than sending the waste to the landfill, we reuse concrete and asphalt from

our demolition projects. We are also cleaning and recycling contaminated

land and have attracted numerous businesses that are involved in green

activities. McClellan Park is the epicenter of green development in the

Sacramento region and is actively seeking environmentally conscious

tenants. Our tenants include solar manufacturing, hybrid automobile

battery testing and repair, paint recycling and soon will include some of

the areas greenest buildings like ADC,” said McClellan Park President Larry


Customer demand to host IT infrastructure in a state-of-the-art green data

center has led several companies to express interest in deploying their

mission critical applications in the McClellan facility. The ability to

host infrastructure in a facility that is virtually safe from all major

disasters and within driving distance of the San Francisco Bay Area has

proven to be a highly differentiated asset. ADC is now accepting LOIs to

secure space for companies which are looking to build out or expand their


About Advanced Data Centers

Advanced Data Centers (ADC) is a leading owner and operator of wholesale

data centers, designed specifically for the corporate user. The data

centers are highly specialized, secure facilities used to house, power and

cool critical IT infrastructure (servers, storage equipment, etc.)

Focusing on robustness and reliability, each facility is designed to exceed

today’s requirements and to support the constantly growing demands of

future technologies. For additional information, please visit Advanced

Data Centers’ website at

About McClellan Business Park, LLC

The County of Sacramento selected McClellan Business Park, LLC, in 1999 to

acquire and redevelop McClellan Air Force Base. McClellan Air Force Base

was renamed McClellan Business Park (McClellan Park) in 2001. McClellan

Park boasts a fully-operational airfield, full-service hotel, fitness

facility, rail system, office, industrial, retail and dormitory space. The

project consists of 3,000 acres with approximately 8.5 million square feet

of useable buildings and 700 acres of developable land and is fully

entitled for over 16 million square feet of commercial, retail, office and

residential buildings. For additional information, please visit McClellan

Business Park’s website at

Blake Masterson

Freelance Writer, Journalist and Father of 5

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