Posted By Rich Miller On January 24, 2007 @ 5:14 pm In Regional Markets | Comments Disabled
StrataSpace  announced this week that it has completed site preparation for a 500,000-square-foot underground data center  outside Louisville, Kentucky. StrataSpace, which first announced the project in early 2005, said it has hired CCG Facilities Integration Inc.  and The Bick Group  to provide architecture and engineering services as it “finalizes the mechanical systems design and tenant spaces.”
The StrataSpace facility is 65 feet underground and will house approximately 250,000 square feet of raised-floor equipment space, plus 250,000 square feet of support area for mechanical systems. In addition to security, StrataSpace says tenants can also benefit from low utility rates in Kentucky, as well as the constant ambient temperature of 59 degrees within the facility, which lowers cooling costs.
There have been numerous below-ground data center projects over the years, most of which have converted existing “bunker” facilities to use as colocation centers. Some prominent examples:
Other underground data center projects are either moving slowly or have faded from view. The web site for Underground Secure Data Center Operations is no longer active. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based data center project received widespread  publicity  in 2001 when it launched its operations in an inactive gypsum mine. The usdco.com web site appears to have gone offline in 2003.
In this week’s press release, StrataSpace detailed the steps it has taken to prepare the site for tenants. These include the installation of an automated ventilation system, a generator room designed to support 24 megawatts of backup generator power, a fuel area designed to support 125,000 gallons of diesel fuel, redundant fiber rings from telecommunication carriers, and the construction of an office building that includes a Network Operations Center.
Data centers aren’t the only underground commercial real estate projects, of course. The Subsurface Buildings web site includes a list of 475 such projects  in the United States, not including the more than 5,000 underground residences.
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URLs in this post:
 StrataSpace: http://www.strataspace.com/
 500,000-square-foot underground data center: http://www.strataspace.com/strataspace-news/news-releases.asp?id=30
 CCG Facilities Integration Inc.: http://www.ccgfacilities.com/
 The Bick Group: http://www.bickgroup.com/
 The Bunker: http://www.thebunker.net/
 huge underground records storage facility: http://www.computerworld.com/databasetopics/data/story/0,10801,87797,00.html
 The Westlin Corporation: http://www.westlin.com/
 Titan One: http://www.titanone.com/intro.html
 widespread: http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,48104,00.html
 publicity: http://www.thewhir.com/marketwatch/mine1126.cfm
 list of 475 such projects: http://www.subsurfacebuildings.com/USAUndergroundBuildings.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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