Tech

January 8, 2014

CITC becomes Drydenís first LEED-certified building

Tags:
Jay Levine
NASA Dryden

The Consolidated Information Technology Center was recently recognized as Drydenís first certified environmentally sustainable building to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standard by the U.S. Green Building Council.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center needed a larger and more efficient information technology facility. Now the center has one that also is recognized as an environmentally sustainable building.

The $8.8 million construction project at the center’s Edwards Air Force Base campus doubled the size of the 28-year-old Data Analysis Facility. The result is a more than 44,000-square-foot combined structure referred to as the Consolidated Information Technology Center, or CITC.

The CITC was recently certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver standard. The CITC became Dryden’s first LEED-certified building in October 2013. NASA requires all of its major new buildings to be certified to the LEED silver standard or higher.

The LEED standard allows for certification at the silver, gold, and platinum levels. The designation recognizes the sustainability of the construction as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard for new construction.

The CITC was occupied in August 2012. Key features that contributed to the silver designation included making Dryden’s flight research mission more sustainable by reducing long-term costs of facility operation, minimizing natural environment impacts and designing work spaces to maximize productivity, said Dryden’s energy manager Dan Mullen.

Included in that sustainability equation is a 20 percent more energy-efficient building compared to standard construction, Mullen explained. The building was also designed to use 50 percent less water for building processes and landscaping compared to a facility using standard design and construction practices.

Banks of cabinets house NASA Dryden’s computer servers in the CITC, Drydenís first certified environmentally sustainable building.

Other elements included the recycling of 89 percent of demolition and construction debris to avoid using landfills and incinerators, he said. In addition, 20 percent of the construction materials were recycled and 75 percent of the project area was landscaped to simulate natural habitat for a total of 22,000 square feet of partially vegetated open space.

†Construction materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and wood products were selected to maintain better indoor air quality and reduce impact to the environment, Mullen said.

The primary driver for the CITC construction project was to provide a more reliable data center, replacing nearly three-decade-old heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical infrastructure.

Drydenís new data center also is categorized as a Tier 3 facility, which means that maintenance activities on electrical and HVAC equipment can occur without requiring any shutdown of data center computing. Half of the uninterrupted power supplies and HVAC systems supporting the data center can be shut down completely for maintenance, with the data center continuing to operate at full capacity.

ìThe energy-efficient Tier-3 CITC infrastructure has allowed Dryden to reduce information technology operations and maintenance costs while increasing delivered value to the Dryden community,î said Drydenís Chief Information Officer Larry Freudinger. ìWe have been able to consolidate several smaller data centers into a single new facility that in its first year of operation has demonstrated uptime in excess of 99.9 percent.

The CITC transition, however, is not yet complete. There is ongoing effort to renovate vacated areas of the old data center and enable additional consolidation of personnel and IT equipment.† The reduced and consolidated physical footprint of IT storage, staging and office space is energy efficient and environmentally responsible, Freudinger said.

Southwestern Dakotah, Inc. of Tucson, Ariz., built the CITC. The Development One, Inc.
architectural firm of Santa Ana, Calif. designed the CITC and the new Facility Support Center. T. Simons Construction of Nipomo, Calif. continues work under a $650,000 contract to complete the renovation work in the former Data Analysis Facility half of the building, said Gemma Flores, project manager for the CITC construction and the recently completed Facility Support Center.

The Facility Support Center is an entirely new 38,000 square foot building expected to meet the LEED Platinum standard. Occupancy of that $11.2 million effort is expected in 2014.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines April 24, 2015

News: More than $1 billion in U.S. emergency reconstruction aid goes missing in Afghanistan - A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can’t be accounted for by the Defense Department, 60 percent of all such spending under an...
 
 

News Briefs April 24, 2015

German defense minister: widely used rifle has no future A widely used assault rifle has “no future” with the German military in its current form, Germany’s defense minister said April 22, escalating a dispute over the weapon’s alleged shortcomings. Ursula von der Leyen said last month that a study showed the G36 rifle has a...
 
 
Army photograph

Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

Army photograph XM-360 test firing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in 2007, is shown. The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapo...
 

 

Northrop Grumman signs long-term agreement with Raytheon

Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various...
 
 

NTTR supports first F-35B integration into USMC’s weapons school exercise

The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four U.S. Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in its first Marine Corps’ Final Exercise of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course on the NTTR’s ranges. The Final Exercise, or FINEX, is the capstone event to the U.S. Marine Corps Marine Aviation...
 
 
AAR-Textron

AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Val...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>