Engineering innovations take on an energy challenge.
Efficiency and sustainability embraced.
As part of a company-wide strategy to streamline operations while being sustainable, Novartis constructed a new 35,000 SF data center that could be built in phases on the existing Alcon Laboratories (a subsidiary of Novartis) campus and could be expanded over time.
The data halls were designed to be modular and could be built in three distinct phases with each data hall having 1,000kW of IT power supporting 10,000 SF of data hall, each with its own redundant mechanical and electrical systems.
Novartis challenged the design team to work within their energy challenge mantra by incorporating sustainable design practices while providing low total cost of ownership savings over the life of the building. The design team employed multiple integrated design solutions to achieve this goal. Outside, 100kW photovoltaic cell arrays generate renewable on-site power and double as shade for parking and seating areas. Harvested rainwater reduces potable water consumption, irrigates the indigenous, drought-resistant landscaping and provides water for the building's restrooms. Inside, low voltage, advanced-control LED lighting minimizes operating costs while increasing adjustability for users.
Located on a greenfield site, the project is LEED Gold certified.