NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center

Location: Cheyenne, Colorado
Client: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The three-story, 170,982 sf NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC)  is a high-performance scientific computing in the atmospheric and related geosciences fields. The facility includes 16,000 sf of Administration space, 3,600 sf Network Operations Center, 2,300 sf of Mass Media Storage as well as a 100,00 sf Central Utility Plant.

Once full operation begins in the summer of 2012, the NWSC will continue to advance scientific discovery for the next several decades. The adaptive design and construction enables the facility to expand in accordance to the evolving nature of supercomputing technology.

The NWSC’s design takes full advantage of Cheyenne’s elevation and cool, dry climate by employing ambient air to cool the facility nearly year round. This will significantly reduce the facility’s energy use. The facility is estimated to be 90 percent more energy efficient than typical supercomputing centers and is on track to receive LEED Gold Certification. In addition, over 70 percent of the construction materials are reused onsite or recycled.