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Pixar

April 22, 2018

In 2014, Pixar Studios decided to consolidate their existing render, network, and storage servers into the Renderfarm server room. Integral Group collaborated with Pixar to substantially increase the efficiency of the data center, as well as to improve the reliability of the support equipment. Emeryville’s mild climate favors compressor-free cooling, so Integral Group designed cooling…

CODA / Expansion of Technology Square

December 8, 2016

CODA is developed by Portman Holdings in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology. CODA is more than a building – but rather a place that will inspire and realize a sustainable, innovation ecosystem – that integrates the existing assets of Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta with new opportunities in interdisciplinary research, economic development, commercialization…

Wellpoint Data Center

July 27, 2016

To support Wellpoint’s mission of customer support, one of the main features of the facility is the data center, which is comprised of approximately 25,000-square-foot and is designed to expand to 55,000-square-foot. Contained in this area is the distributed network processing and mainframe batch processing equipment, the Network Operations Center (NOC), and data storage facilities.…

UC San Diego Supercomputer Center

July 26, 2016

The design of this new state-of-the-art university supercomputer center encompassed office spaces and a data center, where super-dense electrical loads can exceed 300 watts per square foot. In the data center, Integral Group designed a unique, remotely located, low energy air handling system that easily adapts to hot spots and unusually high spot loads. Other…

NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) wanted the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on their new campus to reflect their commitment to sustainable energy solutions. But cooling a high-density data center and conditioning sophisticated laboratories without using a lot of energy is very challenging. Integral Group assisted NREL throughout design development in facing these challenges…

NCAR Wyoming Supercomputer Center

NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is a world-class scientific supercomputing facility for research in atmospheric and related geosciences. Its supercomputers help researchers perform highly complex tasks such as modeling global climate change and calculating the paths of hurricanes. The design team, which included H+L Architecture, RMH Group, and Integral Group, developed a flexible, modular approach…

HPC Montreal Data Center

This design is the result of a unique partnership between the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and CLUMEQ, a Canadian High Performance Computing consortium led by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Under the partnership, SDSC and CLUMEQ/McGill University researchers are designing and building a business case and a conceptual design for…

Data Center and Lab Best Practice Guides

Integral Group, in conjunction with PG&E and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, created these comprehensive guidelines for data center design. Data centers can consume 25 to 50 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With such large power consumption, they are prime targets for energy efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity…

City of Oakland Data Center

This city police and fire department emergency communications data center required a major upgrade of its HVAC and electrical systems. Some of the design parameters and challenges in the project were: protection of emergency power, incorporation of redundancy, structural issues with the building, tight schedule to accommodate a scheduled installation of new servers. Integral Group’s…

ADC Green 1 McClellan Data Center

This next-generation, high-density data center is being planned as a 20 megawatt, highly energy efficient facility, with an extremely low estimated PUE (Power Utilization Efficiency) of 1.1 (0.90 DCIE), perhaps the lowest for a facility of its kind in the U.S. A standard high efficiency data center has a PUE of 1.6 (0.625 DCIE). Annual…

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