Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 1:16pm

This time-lapse video shows the three-year construction of the University of Iowa's new data center, known as the Information Technology Facility (ITF). Completed in December 2011, the 43,000-square-foot, $30 million facility will house and protect computing and network equipment that is vital to the operations of the university and its hospitals and clinics. It was the first building on campus to earn LEED Platinum certification -- the ultimate standard for green design.

The facility provides a secure and reliable home for the university's IT systems. Its "hardened" outer shell is built to withstand severe weather, and backup electrical and cooling systems are designed to keep essential technology up and running if the primary utility systems supporting them were to fail. Two 7,200-square-foot data halls meet the ventilation and air conditioning requirements for servers and provide space for high-performance research computing.

"Data centers are among the most energy-intensive facilities you'll find on a campus. To build ours to LEED Platinum standards speaks volumes about the UI's commitment to energy conservation and sustainability," says UI President Sally Mason. "Our goals for a sustainable university are stated in our strategic plan and 2020 Vision sustainability targets, and this major accomplishment significantly helps to bring those aspirations to reality."