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Apr. 10, 2013

Compass Completes LEED Gold Datacenter in Record Time

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

Standalone data center developer Compass Datacenters has announced completing its first facility in suburban Nashville. Located 20 miles from Music City’s downtown, in Franklin, Tennessee, the 21,000-square-foot data center has finished construction, as well as commissioning. The 1.2 MW standalone data center is leased to a sole tenant, expected to take control of the facility by the end of the month.

The Franklin facility is a record breaking one due to Compass’ patent-pending Truly Modular Architecture TM construction and structuring methodology. The usual one or two years it takes to develop such a facility has been reduced to a much smaller six-month time frame from groundbreaking to custumer handover. The company’s data centers are also geographically independent and as such can be located wherever a customer has the need of them.

At the core of the Compass design and construction approach is its CompassPod TM, a patent-pending design innovation that offers 10,000 square feet of columness 36-inch raised floor space supported by 1.2 MW of electrical power with 2N power distribution and delivering a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 -1.5 or less at lower loads. The pods themselves are the basic building blocks with which Compass creates its facilities—if the need arises, then another 10,000-square-foot pod can be added at any time. The pods are protected by, and located within, the hardened, secure and energy-efficient CompassStructure TM. Facilities are built to withstand Class 4 Hurricanes and have the 1.5 seismic importance factor applied by structures such as hospitals.

In addition to the 10,000-square-foot data center pod, the Franklin facility also features a 1,000-square-foot CompassSupport module comprising office space, security center, lobby, loading dock and break area to meet the needs of data center logistics and operational staff. The Tier III-certified modular facility is LEED Gold certified for energy efficiency, using such techniques as free air cooling by synchronizing rooftop air handlers.

The Franklin facility will be taken over by communications and technology services provider and adviser Windstream Communications, a company working with four out of five Fortune 500 companies.

Image courtesy of Compass Datacenters’ Facebook page

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