NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Cheyenne, WY

Owner

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Client

Saunders Construction

Square Feet

173,000

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) facility provides advanced computing services for researching weather, climate change, oceanography, air quality, space weather and other associated sciences. U.S. Engineering fabricated and installed the mechanical systems to meet LEED® requirements, which incorporate highly efficient design and construction techniques. Some of the systems include chilled beams, evaporator systems, energy recovery heat pumps, low-flow fixtures, highly efficient pumps, and other sustainable features. The NCAR supercomputer, at the time it was installed, ranked among the world’s top 25 for speed and is 90% more energy efficient than typical supercomputing center.

MECHANICAL HIGHLIGHTS  

  • preconstruction
  • 25,000 sf data center
  • under-floor air from (96) fanwall fans
  • evaporative water-cooled for 99% of the year with (1,000-ton) chiller
  • hydronic piping systems with custom 45 degree nozzle
  • chilled beams
  • evaporator systems
  • energy recovery heat pumps
  • low-flow fixtures
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