Thank you to Justin Lee, writer for TheWhir.com, for including 1102 GRAND in his recent story regarding data centers and Earth Day: Vantage, 1102 GRAND Showcased Green Data Centers for Earth Day.
To celebrate last Friday’s Earth Day, Rosendin Electric and Vantage Data Centers (www.vantagedatacenters.com) held the Smart Data Center Revolution, providing a tour of Vantage’s new energy-efficient data center campus.
First announced last month, the event included a tour of the first of three data center buildings, presentations by David Gottfried, founder of the US Green Building Council, Fujitsu, GE Intelligent Platforms, Symantec, and VMware.
Electrical contractor Rosendin Electric has been working closely with Vantage Data Centers on the design and buildthe electrical systems for the $300 million, 18-acre data center campus.
The first 60,000-square-foot building was completed at the start of 2011 after five months of construction, while the other two buildings are set for completion later this year.
The facility is the largest LEED Platinum candidate data center project in the United States.
Once completed, the campus will have 195,000 square feet of data center space.
As part of the electrical design/build, Rosendin Electric has incorporated a number of features to conserve energy and promote greater efficiency.
In another Earth Day-related announcement, Kansas City carrier hotel 1102 GRAND recently implemented Kansas City Power & Light’s Custom Rebate Retrofit Program, resulting in a Wattage reduction of 53 percent.
1102 GRAND is a Midwestern carrier hotel and network neutral colocation facility that hosts and provides services to a range of global network operators including carriers, service providers and enterprise customer.
Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND, said that this project was a retrofit of existing lighting in strategic areas of the 1102 GRAND building.
The data center offers a wide range of colocation options including cabinets, cage space, suites and space for private data centers, all of which are connected to a carrier neutral Meet Me Room, housing nearly 30 carriers and service providers.
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
Thank you, Barbara Vergetis Lundin, writer for fierceenergy.com, for interviewing Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND, regarding 1102 GRAND’s press release about their participation in Kansas City Power and Light’s (KCP&L) Custom Rebate Retrofit Program.
After recently implementing Kansas City Power & Light’s (KCP&L) Custom Rebate Retrofit Program, 1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s Carrier Hotel, is projecting a 53 percent savings in wattage reduction through simple, readily available T8 lighting technology.
“In our experience, it is always easier to cost justify implementing large scale infrastructure replacements with more eco-friendly options when expanding or replacing equipment at the end of its life cycle. Those projects do not happen every month or year even,” said Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND, in an interview. “In between, commercial companies can take advantage of programs to complete smaller projects that still provide incremental energy savings. A series of smaller projects are often easier to implement and the sum of their energy reduction can be just as significant as a single large scale retrofit.”
While programs such as the one 1102 GRAND utilized require utilities to invest time and financial resources, commercial customers are willing to partner in order to make environmentally sound decisions.
“Commercial customers have an interest in making eco-friendly decisions when the cost can be justified,” said Bonawitz. “In addition, if programs are structured in a manner that reduces the time and effort on the customer side, companies are more likely to take advantage of available incentives.”
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
KANSAS CITY, MO — 1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s Carrier Hotel, recently implemented Kansas City Power & Light’s (KCP&L’s) Custom Rebate Retrofit Program and projects a Wattage reduction of 53 percent just in time for Earth Day 2011 (http://1102grand.com/blog/).
Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND, said that this project was a retrofit of existing lighting in strategic areas of the 1102 GRAND building. “The Custom Rebate Retrofit Construction Program provides customers with financial incentives for installing qualifying electricity savings measures including HVAC systems, motors, variable speed drives, lighting, building controls, pumps, etc.,” said Bonawitz. “This project will take a short time to pay off, has a high ROI and the rebate covered almost half of the cost. It is definitely a process that we will do again because it is eco-friendly, benefits our organization and the community.”
Please check with your local energy utility provider for more information on similar programs and rebates that your organization or household may qualify for.
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By: Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND
It has been a couple of weeks since Google’s announcement to build an ultra high speed fiber optic network with speeds of 1 Gigabit/second in Kansas City, Kan. Since then, I have had a few conversations with people who are directly involved with the project and have also fielded dozens of questions from others asking for my take on the announcement.
Overall, there is still a lot of excitement and optimism about the announcement as one would naturally expect, but with an announcement such as this, there are going to be a significant number of questions too. A lot of the questions pertaining to the project itself have already been addressed by representatives from Google and the city, and are easily found with a quick search online (might I suggest Google?). Those questions aren’t what interest me most though.
In my opinion, the best and most exciting question is a simple one – “Now what?” These two simple words offer nearly limitless possibilities. No one has the full answer to the question since it is still up to people such as you and me to determine. Make no mistake, as this project unfolds, people from around the nation and the world are going to be watching Kansas City, and it is up to us to capitalize on a project so monumental. Opportunities like this do not come around often, and we are fortunate enough to have it land in our fine city.
So whether you’re a serial entrepreneur or not, if there was ever a time to innovate and create, it is now. If you have a fully developed business plan or merely an idea on a napkin today, there are an amazing amount of resources available to help you through the lifecycle of concept to company. Just remember that all great companies started with an idea backed by determination and courage. So if you have wanted more or dreamt of launching a technology business, don’t hold back and don’t let anyone stop you including yourself. I sincerely hope you come up with the next Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, and I hope you dream … and dream big.