Cisco's RTP-1 Data Center

LEED Gold Certified Building is designed despite constraints

Winner of an Engineering Excellence Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

When Cisco, Inc. made the decision to retrofit an existing building on its Research Triangle park campus for a data center, The Wooten Company was chosen to provide the design assistance. With practically all disciplines in-house, including architectural and electrical, mechanical, plumbing and civil engineering, the Wooten designers took a building enveloped with a wide variety of design and construction constraints and transformed it into a highly functional, LEED Gold certified, visually pleasing working environment.

The project's features included replacing a ballasted roof with an adhered, reflective roof with over 20,000 square feet of solar panels. The elevator cab and doors were replaced with taller units to allow for the movement of extra tall pieces of equipment between floors. Finishes of the new cab were coordinated with custom casework featured elsewhere in the project. The exterior data center walls was filled-in with concrete block and covered with insulated aluminum panels for security. All windows were replaced with super-clear, solar reflective, tempered glass. Individually stained brick and mortar were installed to match burgundy color schemes, as seen elsewhere on Cisco campus. A court was constructed for generators and transformers needed to supply power to the data center. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) was provided to maintain operations instantaneously in the event of a power outage. A Central Utility Plant (CUP) was constructed for cooling the building as required for data center operations and reclaimed water lines were constructed to supply the CUP and site irrigation. A model space was created to coordinate the data cabinets, cable trays, bus ducts, sprinkler lines, lights, etc., and, additionally, flooring was replaced with a conductive type in a pattern which identified pedestrian circulation and rows for server cabinets.