$232M Data Center Planned for Forth Worth

Health Care Service Corp. is beginning work on a $232.5 million, 250,000-square-foot data center in the Alliance development in Fort Worth. The new facility is being built to handle anticipated member growth for Health Care Services, the fourth-largest health insurer in the U.S., which has an existing data center in Illinois. The company manages Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that have more than 12 million members.

The data center will employ about 100 workers and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2010, with computer installations scheduled for May of that year, according to the Forth Worth Star Telegram.

Health Care Service Corp. bought 53.4 acres at the northeast corner of Texas 170 and Park Vista Boulevard from Hillwood Properties, the developer of Alliance. Health Care Service received a 10-year, partial property-tax abatement from the Fort Worth City Council in February.

The new project is the latest in a series of new data centers in the Dallas market that have been announced in the past year. Last July Dallas developer Skyrise Properties bought the 88,600-square-foot Alliance Gateway Data Center in Fort Worth from Hillwood.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.