Located at their Kansas City, Missouri world headquarters, the Cerner Technology Center (CTC-KC) opened in June 2007 to support the application and data hosting needs of its US client base. Building specifications called for an availability uptime of 99.9999 percent, and all energy efficiency measures were thoroughly researched before application to ensure the reliability of the building would be maintained.
Cerner achieves world class efficiency through design and best practices. CTC-KC utilizes a modular data center design, only opening new data center rooms within the technology center as needed. With a modular approach, the cooling demand of the facility is limited to the areas supporting computing equipment. Each data center is comprised of a three-foot raised floor, five-foot return air plenum, and twelve feet of total clearance from floor to ceiling tiling. Data room dimensions were designed to optimize air handling capacity and pressurization of the data center room while accounting for component redundancy. Computing equipment racks are arranged in a hot/cold aisle pattern, with air mixing limited through a 100% blanking panel policy and aisle containment barrier sheeting.
Advanced monitoring of all power and cooling equipment, gathered from over 44,000 monitoring points, gives Critical Facility Engineers a real-time look into data center efficiencies. Trends are examined on a daily basis to verify that all equipment is performing as efficiently as possible. Using this monitoring data, the temperature of the chilled water loop system is maintained at an optimum temperature, limiting the electrical draw of cooling components throughout the facility.
Data center energy audits are conducted quarterly. Some of the audits include: power systems meter calibrating, cold aisle vent tile CFM adjustment, infrared temperature sampling of the data suite, calibrating temperature sensors, efficiency testing of the chillers, and temperature and humidity sampling of all critical power equipment.
Cerner is continuing its investment in energy efficiency at the CTC-KC building through the installation of an 84-panel solar array, which will produce enough electricity to supply the pumps used to circulate the chilled water throughout the facilities loop system.
Energy reduction is supported and encouraged by executive management, and all Cerner data centers follow common energy efficiency practices.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Cerner Corporation or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
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Facility Type: Data Center
Total Floorspace: 118580 sf
Year Constructed: 2007
Contract Type: None
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