Facebook Prineville center gets 'best green building' award
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Facebook's Prineville data center continues to earn kudos for its green approach.
Facebook's Prineville data center continues to collect recognition for its green credentials.
Next month, venerable construction trade magazine Engineering News and Record will publish its 2011 Best Projects Awards list, including the social network giant's Prineville data center as its "Best Green Building."
Last November, the data center earned its LEED gold plaque, and innovations at the data center are continuing to spark discussions about new levels of efficiency.
A story Friday in GigaOm's Earth2Tech blog discusses the use of Direct Current — as opposed to Alternating Current — power at the Prinveville data center as "the next big thing" in energy efficiency design for data centers.
Portland-based Brightworks consulted with Facebook on the project and proposed the rainwater capture system that's one of the key features of the bright green data center.
Talking about the project in a December interview, Josh Hatch, senior sustainability adviser at Brightworks, said design and building for the second phase of the data center in Prineville is well underway and he's been impressed by the community outreach Facebook has done in central Oregon.
"It's bringing a lot more to the community than 40 jobs," Hatch said.
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