Upon acquiring Caremark, CVS elected to build a new headquarters to accommodate their expanded operations. The new LEED Gold building includes a 32,000+ sf data center, a full service cafeteria and training facilities. The 150,000+ sf building consists of a steel structure with metal panels, block veneer and curtain wall shell. The data center is designed with N+1 redundancy to ensure that it will stay operational through any situation. Some components essential to this data center are: two 40,000 gallon underground storage tanks to support 3 on-site generators, 3 transformers, switchgear/UPS vaults, extensive underground trenching for data and power cables, and a raised access floor system. A 4-story, precast parking garage for 427 cars with a glass enclosed bridge links the garage to the main building.
CVS/Caremark’s new call center, data center, and parking garage was designed to achieve LEED Silver, and achieved LEED Gold. The project includes: roofing composed of 100% high solar reflectant material: low-emitting choices for office furniture (Greenguard certified), carpeting, paints, adhesives, etc.; showers/changing areas and bicycle storage as well as parking for fuel efficient vehicles; a comprehensive recycling program; and landscaping that consists of native vegetation and no irrigation system required. The majority of office spaces have a view to natural lighting – even throughout the call center, which is not common in those spaces, and with high energy efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors, and HVAC systems, energy use is about 25% more efficient than the baseline for this building type.