A data center in a boiler room. Cool, no?

The Lincoln Board of Education is re-purposing a boiler room to house its data center after a fire devastated an administrative building in May.

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But more and more companies are retrofitting and re-using old buildings for new data centers. Last year, Yahoo announced plans to open a new data center in Avenches, Switzerland, which will come online in 2012, by converting an existing facility built in the 1960s. In 2010, Telus, a Canadian telecommunications company, opened doors to Telus House, a building that formerly served as a post office in Quebec City but has been retrofitted to house a new Internet data center as well as 145,000 square feet of office space, a wellness facility, a roof-top patio, indoor and outdoor parking and 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Back in 2008, Intel re-used a wafer fabrication facility, and it now is a three-story design housing several distinct data centers within it.

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