Citigroup (C) will hold open its $450 million data center campus in Georgetown, Texas on Thursday, and will be celebrating a milestone: the facility has become the latest data center to earn Gold certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program administered by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
In 2007 Digital Realty Trust (DLR) became the first provider to have a data center qualify for Gold LEED status for a build-to-suit facility within Digital Realty’s 350 East Cermak Road carrier hotel in Chicago. Earlier this year Advanced Data Centers in Sacramento became the first data center to earn pre-certification for LEED Platinum, the highest rating offered by the USGBC. There are only a small number of LEED certified data centers, but many developers are planning to seek certification for facilities.
The huge facility in Georgetown, a suburb of Austin, is expected to employ 50 people at an average annual salary of about $70,000. Construction on the 55-acre site began in early 2007. Citigroup is also seeking LEED Gold certification for a $232 million energy-efficient data center in Frankfurt, Germany.