Power Loft @ Innovation Reaches Substantial Completion

March 06, 2008

MANASSAS, Va. – Clark Construction Group has reached substantial completion at Power Loft @ Innovation, a unique high-density data center and office structure located in Innovation Park in Prince William County, Va. The building was designed to meet LEED® Silver certification standards and includes numerous sustainable elements including a 100,000-square-foot green roof and a full-height green screen on all four sides of the building.

Power Loft @ Innovation is a two-story 215,000 square-foot data center structure with an additional 6,000 square-feet of office space. Behind the building’s structural steel and masonry façcade is a space designed to support the future fit-out of a Tier IV, high-density data center with 100,000 square feet of raised floor space and large floor-to-floor heights. The data center’s proprietary, two-story design places all IT equipment on the second floor and directly above the building’s mechanical and electrical distribution equipment. This design allows for a more efficient and secure use of IT rack space while providing cooling and power for 50% more racks than comparable data centers.

Power Loft, LLC, the project owner, requires numerous high-density and high-security features be built into its data centers and Power Loft @ Innovation is no exception. The data center complies with U.S. Government design guidelines including a 150’ separation from public access. The site is bermed and fenced and features a secure gated entrance with hydraulic vehicle barriers, and 24/7 surveillance across the 20-acre site.

The design also provides separate power and chiller plants in pre-engineered structures onsite, and a unique power backbone that can provide either AC power, DC power or both to the data floor to accommodate the latest advances in IT equipment. Power Loft @ Innovation is designed to accommodate three times the computing power of a typical data center with the ability to use 30% less power.

Project partners on Power Loft @ Innovation include EYP Mission Critical Facilities of Washington, D.C., engineer; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, of Washington, D.C., architect; and Cagley & Associates, of Rockville, Md., structural engineer.