Gilbane, along with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, has been selected to partner with Steel Orca to design and build a 300,000-sq-ft data center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that will be powered entirely through renewable energy sources (gas, solar, fuel cells, wind and geo-thermal).

"Our partnership with Steel ORCA and Gilbane on this environmentally-attentive project is such an incredible opportunity,” says Doug Rohrbaugh, co-founder and chairman of the bboard of Crabtree, Rorhbaugh & Associates. “We value our role in this design and the technology that supports our long-standing philosophy of sustainable design."

Notable elements of the project will include:

Airside economizers - Free cooling from the geography with average annual temperatures of 60.2 degrees
  • Hydro-cooling, using the Delaware River as a thermal resource
  • Design goal of LEED Platinum, making the new facility one of the highest performing data center enclosures in the world
  • Server Side Cooling - Cooling directly at the source of the heat for managed services
  • Hot-aisle heat containment - Maximizing cooling efficiency by enclosing the hot-isle and capturing the exhaust heat for excavation or reuse
  • Modular Scalable Data Center - using data center cells for flexibility for density (power) requirements, Tier requirements and energy sources
  • Efficient floor layout and design - aligning hot aisle/cold aisles and redefining the cage and rack usage “We’re excited to partner with Gilbane Building Company and believe we will benefit greatly from their broad mission critical experience,” says David Crocker, CEO of Steel Orca. “Combined with the environmentally-friendly design work of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, this data center will be the largest, most ecologically considerate and efficient data centers on Earth.”

    “Gilbane’s Delaware Valley region is poised to achieve great success by delivering this LEED Platinum data center with Steel Orca and Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates,” says Greg Dunkle, Gilbane’s regional manager. “The accelerated schedule will be challenging on its own merits, validating the need for a partner like Gilbane. Our project team is excited to address and minimize the demands a data center places on our natural resources and the equal demand on energy consumption.”

    “It takes specialized expertise to be able to achieve the aggressive efficiency goals set by Steel Orca,” agrees William J. Gilbane, Jr., president and COO. “I have complete confidence that our team of experts can rise to the challenge and set a new standard for data centers.”

    Preconstruction has already begun and start of construction is planned for the fall of 2011. Overall completion is scheduled for 2013.

    Steel ORCA is expected to employ more than 1000 people in Bucks County when the new facility is complete.