Emerson Network Power Opens LEED-Certified Learning Center

October 13, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Emerson Network Power has opened a Learning Center, located in Westerville, Ohio, for Emerson Network Power employees, customers and partners. The facility will provide hands-on data center infrastructure support training for more than 1,000 students per year.

"This new building will be used to educate our field technicians, customers and partners world-wide on the latest technical innovations, operations and maintenance techniques for our industry-leading, mission-critical Liebert power and cooling equipment," said Frank Bibens, President of Emerson Network Power’s Liebert Services business. "This is an ideal learning environment where knowledge sharing, innovation and technology advancement are embraced."

A main feature of the facility is an 11,000-square-foot equipment lab, which houses Emerson Network Power equipment. Through design innovation, the equipment lab runs at a 75% reduction in power consumption, which is achievable because the Learning Center is a teaching facility that is not supporting critical systems. Besides the equipment lab and classrooms, the building includes the Customer Resolution Center a state-of-the-art call center which enables the Liebert services business to support those customers who require the highest level of service response for their critical systems. This group is designed to provide the ultimate in service support, critical facility information and customer solutions. Training is also conducted in a battery specific lab and an external equipment yard supports the building infrastructure.

The building, which has a number of environmentally-friendly construction and design elements, is expected to achieve Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification, the second highest designation. LEED certification, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, comes in varying levels based on efficiency as well as cutting-edge and documentable innovation in architectural design and efficient technology infrastructure.