Richard A. Peterson Center
The Richard A Peterson Center is a 4,500-square-foot data center serving both Washington and Lee University and the Rockbridge Area Network Authority (RANA). The new facility replaced the aging data center on the W&L's campus and allows multiple service providers to co-locate their network equipment as part of the county-wide broadband project that was initiated in 2010 with the receipt of a $6.9 million federal grant.
The building, which has been in operation since November 2012, when the University moved its servers into the space, is named for Rick Peterson, W&L's former chief technology officer, who died in January 2011. Peterson had been the guiding force who brought the various parties together to apply for the grant.