February 13, 2012
Engineering News-Record ranked DPR's Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Oregon as the top project for 2011.
The first data center to be owned, designed and operated by the omnipresent social network, it's easy to see why the industry "liked" the project so much. The first of three ground-up data center buildings at the greenfield site, PRN1 (acronym for Prineville Building 1) is Facebook's first LEED-Gold certified building. The data center cooling system utilizes 100% outside air for free, natural cooling. BIM, innovative green features and design-assist subcontractors were used to construct the 320,000-sq.-ft. mission critical facility. PRN1 was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Read more about the innovative data center here.