Located in the heart of the UH Manoa campus, the UH Information Technology Center was created to host and consolidate all of the UH enterprise information and communication technology systems that serve University of Hawaii campuses statewide.
Twenty years in the making, the IT Center is a leading example of the University of Hawaii’s long term commitment to achieve measurable and sustainable outcomes for its campuses. On December 17, 2015 the project was certified LEED NC v2.2 GOLD by the US Green Building Council, one of only a handful of LEED certified data centers in the United States. The facility consumes 22% less energy than a code compliant conventional building, a remarkable achievement for a data center.
The data center provides different ways in which digital information can be obtained and transformed; a Help Desk offers computer support online, wirelessly, or in person; training rooms facilitate classes and broadcast opportunities; video conference facilities support distance learning, multi-media displays, broadcast and archiving opportunities; and a digital media production center furnishes high-end editing stations with advanced audio support, sound booths, training, and presentation capabilities.
The UH IT Center is designed to be highly functional, flexible, account for future data center expansion, and provide a healthy work environment for its occupants and university users. In addition to its primary mission to consolidate, facilitate and protect the university’s statewide IT system, the center is also an emergency situation facility, the workplace for the IT staff and administration, a conference center, and a help desk for UH Students and faculty.
Data centers are by nature energy intensive. Although occupying only one of the building’s six floors the data center’s energy consumption represents over 70% of the energy need for the facility. To conserve data center energy consumption design strategies include water cooled passive Rear Door Cooling Units (RDC) for high density data cabinets and down-flow supply, top return Computer Room Air Handling Units (CRAH) for low and medium density data cabinets and miscellaneous equipment.
Energy conservation for offices, conferencing, training and staff support areas is achieved by the use of chilled-beam cooling technology, desiccant-based pre-conditioned outdoor air systems, and a signature brise-soleil. As an added benefit, the chilled-beam system delivers 100% outside air to create healthy work spaces. All controlled mechanical/electrical systems of the facility are fully commissioned and controlled by an automated building management system.