A U.S. computer data center located next to the Great Lakes is updating a traditional local method for cooling a building to reduce its energy consumption. Due for completion this June, the $150-million facility near Buffalo, N.Y., can turn an entire building into an air handler, powered by fans of the servers they house. “We are applying lessons that were learned during the industrial revolution in Buffalo to a modern data center, which is a new industry in Buffalo,” says Scott Noteboom, director, data-center engineering operations at Yahoo Inc., the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based owner. Like its industrial-revolution forbears, the data center
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.