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GOLD LEED Project Includes Synthetic Grass Lawn Areas

GOLD LEED Project Includes Synthetic Grass Lawn Areas

In addition to being visitor-friendly, all employee-occupied spaces will have access to natural daylight and views. A 2,900-square-foot internal courtyard will have synthetic grass, benches, and plants, providing employees a relaxing area away from their workspace with protection from the sometimes unpredictable Wyoming elements.

Designing a New Type of Data Center
A Wyoming USGBC – LEED Project

August 24th, 2010 : Original Publishing at Industry Perspectives

H+L Architecture

When H+L Architecture was awarded the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) the project’s designers had to put aside many of established data center design standards and take a new look at the way a data center could be conceived to create a different kind of 21st century facility. In addition to H+L Architecture, the project team is rounded out by Saunders Construction, California Data Center Design Group, The RMH Group, Rumsey Engineers, and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers.

Critical Research Facility

With the topic of global climate change being more intensely debated than ever, the new facility couldn’t come at a better time. NWSC will be used to carry out extended, detailed studies of the weather and climate – extremely critical research for policymakers attempting to deal with global warming.

In addition to unlocking the secrets of weather and climate, the 153,000-square-foot facility will help answer a host of atmospheric and geoscience questions. The data storage component will also house irreplaceable historical climate records. The NWSC will consist of more than 100,000 processors positioned across a carefully controlled 24,000-square-foot area and be home to a supercomputer 20 times more powerful than the computer currently in use at NCAR.

Addressing Project Challenges

The first challenge on the NWSC project was an atypical multi-client team. The project is a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the University of Wyoming, the State of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, the Wyoming Business Council, the National Science Foundation, and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power.


Scott Kuehn is a partner of H+L Architecture, an architecture, landscape, and interior design firm of 80+ staff with offices in Denver and Colorado Springs. The firm specializes in planning and design for science, technology, healthcare, and education projects.

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