RagingWire Data Centers has been chosen as an award winner in the 2018 Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Program. Specifically, RagingWire’s new Ashburn VA3 Data Center was selected by the Loudoun Design Cabinet as the winner in the Signatures of Loudoun “Pace Setters” category.
“RagingWire’s stunning design for the VA3 Data Center has extended the company’s legacy of excellence in visual design, which we previously saw in its Signature of Loudoun Design award-winning Ashburn VA1 Data Center,” said Loudoun County Design Cabinet Chair Alan Hansen, FAIA, LEED AP. “VA3 is clearly a pace-setter in its site planning and architectural design expression to the Ashburn community. Additionally, its interior design, which incorporates innovative amenities to attract and retain top customers and employees, sets the pace not just here in Northern Virginia, but around the world.”
The “Pace Setters” category honors recent, visually groundbreaking projects which continue to shape Loudoun County as a unique environment. While Loudoun’s local vernacular buildings, places and details mark the community’s beginnings, these projects mark its current state of affairs and potentially set the pace for the future, according to the Loudoun County Economic Development web site.
“We are very proud that our VA3 Data Center’s innovative combination of form and function is being recognized as a new architectural design paradigm,” said RagingWire President and CEO Doug Adams. “It’s an honor to win this award and to contribute to the architectural beauty of Loudoun County.”
Opened in March 2018, VA3 stands out dramatically in the heart of Ashburn’s “Data Center Alley”, which steers more than 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic through the world’s largest concentration of data centers.
VA3 is RagingWire’s first data center facility on its new 78-acre Ashburn Data Center Campus, which in addition to over 1,000,000 sq ft of data center space will contain thousands of colorful trees and shrubs on a professionally landscaped, securely fenced and monitored property.
Functionally, VA3 is a 245,000 sq-ft, mission-critical facility with 16 megawatts of critical power, robust fiber connectivity, automated power and cooling systems, and layers of high-tech security. Artistically, VA3’s vibrant blue, yellow and purple exterior colors broke the mold of data centers which traditionally looked look like massive, dull blocks of gray concrete. On the inside, VA3 features a majestic, two-story atrium and office area with huge windows that let natural light illuminate multi-colored walls and original artwork.