Supercomputing center passes design milestone

In early March, NCAR announced the selection of Denver-based H+L Architecture and California Data Center Design Group (CDCDG) to lead the design of the new supercomputing center in Cheyenne. Other engineering consultants on the team include RMH Group, Rumsey Engineers, and Martin/Martin.

 The supercomputing center has very specific design needs, according to project manager Krista Laursen (CISL). Along with meeting future supercomputing requirements, it will feature energy-efficient construction and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

The team of H+L Architecture and CDCDG specializes in sustainable and energy efficient designs. H+L has more than 46 years of design experience along the Front Range, while CDCDG is a leader in data center design worldwide, having designed more than 1.7 million square feet of state-of-the-art data centers.

On March 3, Eric Barron, Rick Anthes, and other UCAR/NCAR leaders met with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal and state legislators to provide an update on the project. Pending NSF approval, construction can begin in December with the center opening in 2011.

For more information, visit the project website.