L.L. Bean’s NE Data Center Earns LEED Silver Certification

Designed by the architecture and engineering firm Integrated Design Group Inc. (idGroup) of Boston, MA, the latest L.L. Bean Data Center recently obtained LEED Silver certification, becoming the first LEED Silver certified data center in New England.

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L.L. Bean's LEED Silver Certified Data Center, Freeport Maine. Designed and engineered by idGroup

Designing a LEED built data center is an enormous feat. Data centers are industrial buildings that don’t fit easily into the LEED concept

Boston, Massachusetts (Vocus) June 30, 2009

L.L.Bean’s new Data Center in Freeport, Maine, continues the merchant’s commitment to build all new structures according to the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The USGBC's LEED program is a voluntary rating system designed to encourage companies to build environmentally sustainable, high-performance buildings. Designed by the architecture and engineering firm Integrated Design Group Inc. (idGroup) of Boston, MA, the Data Center recently obtained LEED Silver certification, becoming the first LEED Silver certified data center in New England.

“Designing a LEED built data center is an enormous feat. Data centers are industrial buildings that don’t fit easily into the LEED concept,” said Stafford Soule, Director of L.L.Bean’s Information Infrastructure. “idGroup was able to create a concept and design that incorporated our technical and environmental criteria.”

Beginning with a conceptual design process, and the investigation of several sites, the idGroup design evolved to suit L.L.Bean’s developing program. On a site adjacent to an existing L.L.Bean facility, the new 18,000 SF Data Center meets the criteria of both LEED Silver and the American Society of Heating Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE). Examples of LEED elements include regional sourcing of materials, minimized site disturbance and the recycling of 50% of all construction waste. The wood used for the structure’s distinctive New England-style shingles was harvested within a 500-mile radius, using sustainable forestry practices. Further ensuring LEED criteria was met, Chris Schafner and Erik Ruoff of The Green Engineer (based in Concord, Massachusetts) consulted on the project.

“IdGroup is proud to work with L.L.Bean to design its first LEED built data center, which is the first of its kind in Maine, and in New England,” said Brad Gray, idGroup Project Manager. “L.L.Bean’s new Data Center combines the company’s sustainability requirements with a design aesthetic that reflects its outdoor heritage.”

The Data Center was designed to hold up to 144 racks to contain servers that support L.L.Bean’s growing internet business. Each 4.2KW rack in a data center of this type produces 1400 watts of heat per square foot—500 Kilowatts total, or the equivalent of three hundred forty hair dryers running nonstop. The Building Management System (BMS) informs the Computer Rack Air Conditioning (CRAC) units to absorb the appropriate amount of warm air generated by the racks and cool it over a series of coils, returning cool air into the room.

See images of this project here: http://www.idgroupae.com/project-llb1.htm

About L.L.Bean, Inc.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. The company has grown from a one-man operation to a global organization with annual sales of $1.5 billion. Company headquarters are in Freeport, Maine, just down the road from the original store. While its business has grown substantially, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder and continues his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors.

About Integrated Design Group Inc.
Integrated Design Group Inc.(idGroup) was established in 2003 to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of business, education, and research institutions by providing a unique combination of architectural design, engineering, and project management. An inter-disciplinary design firm, idGroup specializes in projects that are highly complex and mission-critical, with technical and data intensive needs, typically under time sensitive schedules. This year idGroup was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in New England. It is one of only 11 firms to receive the Pacesetters Award three years in a row.

Contacts:
D’lynne Plummer (idGroup) 857.389.2222
Laurie Brooks (L.L.Bean) 207.552.6016

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