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Facebook Prineville Data Center

Prineville, OR United States

Sheehan Partners

 

Project Description

FROM THE ARCHITECTS:

The LEED Gold Facebook Prineville Data Center was designed to be one of the most energy efficient facilities in the world. To achieve this goal building systems operate in concert with processes running on more than 100,000 custom servers directly controlling the building mechanical systems.

The computer equipment rooms and mechanical penthouse function as an occupied air handler; architecture wrapped around air flow. The building expends no energy for mechanical cooling. Warm exhaust air from the server rooms heats the office areas. Electrical power to the servers goes through as few energy robbing transformations as possible. The result is a building that is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to build and run than other state-of-the-art data centers.

In an industry where designs are treated as proprietary and secret, Facebook has made the design of every aspect of their data center public through OpenCompute.org. This program is meant to hack conventional computing infrastructure, to make data centers and hardware more efficient while shrinking their environmental footprint and accelerating the pace of innovation.

Open Compute is resetting energy consumption expectations for an industry that has been projected to consume as much as 5% of the nation's electrical power production.

 

Project Details

Facebook Prineville Data Center
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    300,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Metal Sales T2630 - Wall panels, T2630 - Wall panels

Facebook’s new data center in Prineville, Oregon features more than 65,000 square feet of metal wall panels from Metal Sales™. Metal Sales was specified for the structure’s exterior walls and generator yard.

Facebook’s Prineville Data Center has a simple and minimalist design, similar in spirit to the social networking giant’s website. The building’s exterior is clad in nearly 50,000 square feet of Metal Sales T2630 wall panels, which perfectly complement its neutral-colored concrete and the surrounding landscape. The panels were also selected for their reliability and sustainability. The outside of the building isn’t meant to be ‘showy’ – it is meant to be a clean and functional façade for the energy-efficient structure housing tens of thousands of Facebook’s servers, containing information for their 800 million users. The only hint that this building serves one of the busiest websites in the world is a single blue flag displaying the iconic ‘Facebook’ logo outside the entrance.

One side of the structure is home to the generator yard, housing a row of generators that provide power to the facility if commercial power is interrupted. Metal Sales panels create a screen wall that provides controlled access to the yard, and the panels have a custom perforated pattern to facilitate ventilation for the diesel-fueled generators.

Given the specific requirements for the LEED Gold structure, quality materials were needed to meet performance and functionality expectations. The project team chose Metal Sales because the panels could be customized to provide an exact amount of ventilation while maintaining security and aesthetics. Metal Sales worked with the project team to develop a panel with 52.94% open area for ventilation. Even with over 50% open space in the panel, the perforated T2630 panels still provided the structural integrity needed for the screen wall.

Metal Sales provided approximately 15,000 square feet of customized T2630 perforated wall panels for the generator yard. The custom panels are made of 0.050 aluminum coated on each side with metallic silver PVDF (Kynar500®) paint.

On the building’s exterior, Metal Sales supplied standard T2630 wall panels in 24-gauge steel with an Acrylic Coated Galvalume® finish. T2630 panels are exposed direct-fastened and provide 30-inch wide coverage.

In addition to their long life, Metal Sales panels come in a variety of colors that are all listed with ENERGY STAR®. The metal panels reflect a significant amount of solar energy, improving a building’s energy-efficiency by reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling. Panels are 100% recyclable and contain up to 30% recycled material. These factors contribute to the sustainability of utilizing a metal wall or roof panel.

 
 

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