Quality Technology Services is moving quickly to expand its data center footprint, leveraging a recent $150 million investment from private equity firm General Atlantic. QualityTech said Tuesday that it will build out an additional 130,000 square feet of raised floor data center space in its massive Metro data center in downtown Atlanta.
Two large raised-floor pods will be added to the facility’s 200,000 square feet of existing data center space. The expansion will bring the 990,000 square foot building to nearly 65 percent of the planned raised-floor capacity.
“Our partnership with General Atlantic has allowed QualityTech to start the next step in our phased build-out of the Metro Atlanta Data Center facility,” said Mark Waddington, President of QualityTech. “The addition of over 130,000 square feet of raised floor space and supporting infrastructure positions this facility as one of the world’s largest and most technologically-advanced data center facilities.”
QualityTech said the expansion will focus on environmentally sustainable design practices. The company is planning to obtain certification through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for energy-efficient buildings created by the US Green Building Council.
The Metro facility will include a Facilities Lab to test new energy conservation initiatives. The lab’s work will focus on air and water economization technologies as well as new developments in power distribution and consumption technology. QualityTech will also deploy advanced cooling and delivery methods to the floor that will allow customers to reach even higher levels of power density.
QualityTech offers both wholesale data center space and managed services. The company has built a network of 11 data center facilities spanning more than 2.5 million square feet of space in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia and Silicon Valley. Nearly 1.3 million square feet of Quality Tech’s data center space is in the Atlanta market, where the company operates a 375,000 square foot data center in Suwanee in addition to the Metro Atlanta property.
The company says it currently has space available for deployment in sizes up to 20,000 square feet in Atlanta and up to 15,000 square feet in Santa Clara.