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Mission Critical: Houston Skybox One Energy Corridor Data Center Achieves LEED® Gold


Skybox Datacenters announced today that the Houston Skybox One Data
Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green
Building Council (USGBC). The 96,129 square-foot purpose-built facility
is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to
receive this prestigious designation.

"Achieving LEED Gold status is very rare for data centers but it was
mission critical for us," said Rob Morris, managing partner of Skybox
Datacenters. "It lets people know that we are a leader in this market
and that our focus is razor sharp on innovation, sustainability and

Highlights of the building's green features include:

  • Multiple Solar arrays supplying power to the facility.
  • Electricity options available to clients that provide 100% renewable
  • An industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the
    Houston climate.
  • Evaporcool system, further improving mechanical efficiency.
  • Three times the rain water detention required by code.
  • Columnless data halls and overhead power options improving air flow
    efficiency throughout the mission critical space.
  • High power density containment options.

"Market transformation happens one building at a time," said Gretchen
Sweeney, Vice President, LEED implementation, USGBC. "Skybox Datacenters
understands the value of LEED and has exemplified extraordinary
leadership in reshaping their sector. The success of LEED is due to the
partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building
and sustainability. Each new LEED certification is one step closer to
revolutionizing the environment in which live, work and play."

Skybox Houston One's 20-acre campus is located in the fast-growing
Energy Corridor of Houston, Texas. The current facility provides four
private data halls and 54 MW of power. It is designed to cater to
enterprise users in the region who require 100% uptime, high-performance
and ultra-low latency computing needs. The facility was built with a
six-inch thick concrete roof deck that can sustain hurricane-force winds
up to 190+ MPH and generators with 7,000- gallon belly tanks providing
clients with 96 hours of run time.

Photos of Skybox Houston One can be found here:

About Skybox Datacenters:

Skybox Datacenters is a leading data center owner, developer and
operator with a focus on wholesale enterprise facilities. Our team's
experience comprises 50 million square feet of real estate development
and over $435 million worth of mission critical transactions throughout
North America. Skybox Datacenters is a joint venture between Rugen
Street Capital and Bandera Ventures, and is headquartered in Dallas,
Texas. Connect with Skybox Datacenters on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter
@SkyboxDCS or visit

About LEED:

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building
Rating System™ is the national benchmark for the design, construction,
and operations of high-performance green buildings. Visit the U.S. Green
Building Council's Web site at
to learn more about how you can make LEED work for you.

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