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ATRF Earns Three Green Globes, Exceeds NIH Building Standards

Green Globe award.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

From project management and energy and water efficiency to emissions and the indoor environment, the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) was built with sustainability in mind, exceeding the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) building standards and earning three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

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Senator Mikulski Notes Exciting Endeavors at ATRF

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By Andrea Frydl and Kristine Jones, Guest Writers, and Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

On October 10, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, both from Maryland, toured the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), accompanied by NCI Director Harold Varmus, Chief Technology Officer Atsuo Kuki, and other FNL leaders.

Mikulski toured several Maryland scientific and biotechnology organizations recently, and the ATRF was on her list of places to visit.

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Water-Cooled Data Center Packs More Power Per Rack

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By Frank Blanchard and Ken Michaels, Staff Writers

Behind each tall, black computer rack in the data center at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) is something both strangely familiar and oddly out of place: It looks like a radiator.

The back door of each cabinet is gridded with the coils of the Liebert cooling system, which circulates chilled water to remove heat generated by the high-speed, high-capacity, fault-tolerant equipment.

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New Location Improves Efficiency

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By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The physical proximity of the SAIC-Frederick Intellectual Property (IP) Office to the NCI Technology Transfer Center (NCI-TTC) is one of the many benefits of being at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), according to Courtney Silverthorn, Ph.D. Being in one location “has increased the effectiveness of both informal communication and formal meetings. We have already brainstormed solutions for several issues in the hallway during an informal chat,” said Silverthorn, an SAIC-Frederick IP specialist.

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