L.L. Bean opens first LEED-certified data center in New England
Outdoor gear and apparel retailer L.L. Bean has extended its commitment to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program with the opening of its new data center in Freeport, Maine. It is the first data center in New England to be awarded LEED Silver certification.
The center was designed by the architecture and engineering firm Integrated Design Group of Boston. To further ensure LEED criteria were met, The Green Engineer, Concord, Mass., consulted on the project.
“Designing a LEED-built data center is an enormous feat,” said Stafford Soule, director of L.L. Bean’s information infrastructure. “Data centers are industrial buildings that don’t fit easily into the LEED concept. IdGroup was able to create a concept and design that works around our technical and environmental criteria.”
The 18,000-sq.-ft. center, which meets the criteria of both LEED Silver and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers standards, combines the company’s sustainability requirements with a design aesthetic that reflects its outdoor heritage. Examples of LEED elements include regional sourcing of materials, minimized site disturbance and the recycling of 50% of all construction waste. The wood used for the structure’s New England-styled shingles was harvested within a 500-mile radius, using sustainable forestry practices.
The data center was designed to hold up to 144 racks of servers that support L.L. Bean’s growing Internet business. Each 4.2KW rack in a data center produces 1400 watts of heat per square foot, or 500 kilowatts total, which is the equivalent of 340 hair dryers running nonstop. The building management system informs the computer rack air-conditioning units to absorb the appropriate amount of warm air generated by the racks and cool it over a series of coils, returning cool air into the room.
Office Depot expands offering of cleaning, breakroom products
BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that it is offering an expanded assortment of cleaning and breakroom products, featuring more than 2,500 items ranging from paper towels and tissue paper to coffee service and snacks. The products will be available online at www.officedepot.com, www.officedepot.com/bsd for contract customers, and a select assortment of products will also be available at Office Depot retail stores nationwide.
The new cleaning and breakroom assortment includes paper products, cleaners, beverage and food products and more, from brands such as Clorox, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Georgia-Pacific, Green Mountain, Keurig, Kimberly-Clark, and Proctor & Gamble.
“In today’s economy, our small business customers as well as our Fortune 500 customers are looking for greater value and smart solutions,” said Steve Schmidt, president of Office Depot’s North American business solutions division. “By introducing cleaning and breakroom products into the office supplies mix, Office Depot is providing our customers with a product they need that can be seamlessly integrated into their regular supply purchasing process.”
Emergency preparation for 99 Cents Only
CITY of COMMERCE 99 Cents Only Stores is promoting itself as the one-stop shop for high quality emergency preparedness items, priced at 99.99 cents, or less.
“The health and safety of all our communities is of primary importance to us. We want to reassure our customers of our commitment to offer great values on emergency preparedness items and throughout all our merchandise selection. 99 Cents Only Stores makes it affordable for everyone to be prepared,” said Eric Schiffer, CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores.
Items available in stores include bottled water, face masks and sanitary wipes.