Wisconsin gets its first LEED Gold Certified data center

Data Holdings’ one-year-old Milwaukee facility earned the honor from the USGBC.

Data Holdings recently announced that its one-year-old data center facility in Milwaukee, WI is the first such facility in the state to earn LEED Gold-Certified status from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The 46,000-square-foot data center opened in May 2013 and describes itself as “southeast Wisconsin’s only wholesale, Tier III Enhanced data center.”

It is equipped with a high-efficiency chilling system with airside economizer technology “that provides data center users with year-round free cooling when the outside air temperature dips below 60 degrees,” Data Holdings said. “The free-cooling capability contributes to Data Holdings’ excellent Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE, rating … Data Holdings’ PUE is 1.28.”

NewAge Data Center Solutions operates the facility. NewAge’s chief executive officer Dan McGrath said of the LEED Gold Certification, “This milestone, achieved by only a few in the data center industry, is a testimony to the value and integrity purposefully designed into this building. In today’s best-in-class data centers, such as Data Holdings, it is imperative that technologies and practices to manage and protect data also minimize environmental impact and user and owner operational costs.”

Ian Favill, head of business development for Data Holdings, added, “Data Holdings was designed to offer power, cooling and connectivity to data center users on par or better than similar facilities found in the largest of metropolitan areas. Our mission is to guarantee 100-percent uptime to any organization that has its data stack within our four walls.”

Take a video tour of the Data Holdings data center in Milwaukee.

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