DURHAM, N.C. - March 14, 2013 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) announced that the company has earned LEED Gold – Commercial Interiors certification for Phases 1 and 2 of its 450,000 square foot Center of Excellence in Durham, North Carolina. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building rating and certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council .
In 2009, EMC ® 's Global Real Estate and Facilities team began planning for the design and development of a vacant warehouse facility in Durham with the goal of creating a new, energy-efficient, virtual data center and EMC's first U.S.-based Center of Excellence. Partnering with design firm Symmes Maini & McKee Associates , and construction company DPR Construction , EMC focused on developing a data center with sustainability as a primary design criterion, featuring efficiency innovations such as a rooftop water collection system, free air cooling for much of the year, and flywheel technology that eliminates the need for battery storage in the uninterrupted power supply systems.
LEED – Commercial Interiors certification recognizes high-performance green spaces that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. Highlights of EMC's LEED Gold – Commercial Interiors certification include:
EMC has earned LEED and similar certifications for the company's facilities around the world. In 2011, EMC earned LEED Existing Building Gold certification for its corporate headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. In addition, in 2010, EMC and its subsidiaries earned: LEED India Core & Shell Gold certification for the EMC Center of Excellence, Bangalore, India; LEED Platinum certification for critical infrastructure at the VMware Data Center, Washington State, U.S.; and the Haute Qualite Environmentale (HQE) certification for EMC's offices at River Ouest, Paris, France.
EMC's facility in Durham is the latest facility in the company's global network of COEs, which are located in India, China, Egypt, Israel, Ireland, and Russia. The Centers of Excellence perform essential services for EMC business units, including engineering and research and development, customer service, translation services, IT and technical support, and customer executive briefings.
Dan Fitzgerald, Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities, EMC
“EMC's achievement of LEED – Commercial Interiors Gold certification was a collaborative effort between our Global Real Estate and Facilities Department, our IT organization, and our valuable facilities vendors. When we began planning the Durham Center of Excellence, our focus was to design a data center that would produce energy savings and reduce carbon emissions. We are proud the USGBC has recognized our commitment to sustainability.”
Bob Hawkins, Vice President of North Carolina Operations, EMC
“Our Durham Center of Excellence not only showcases the power of cloud computing and IT as a Service, but it also demonstrates to EMC's customers our leadership in sustainability and energy efficiency. Earning LEED certification is another milestone for this state-of-the-art facility.”
Kathrin Winkler, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, EMC
“EMC's focus on sustainability continues to be at the forefront of our operations, and the LEED Gold certification is a great acknowledgement of our company-wide commitment to energy efficiency in IT.”
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