The Ashburn Building Boom Continues

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One of the data centers at the Digital Realty Trust campus in Ashburn, Va.

Ashburn, Virginia is home to more than 2 million square feet of data center space. And counting.

Digital Realty Trust (DLR) will soon add to that footprint with two new data centers, the company said today as it announced that it had fully leased a 135,000 square foot facility, having just completed the core and shell in January.

The new facilities continue the building boom in Ashburn, which is also a major data center hub for Equinix, DuPont Fabros Technology, Verizon Business and AT&T (which also announced plans today to expand its Ashburn facility).  

The newest Digital Realty building was filled by two customers. The first customer occupied 29,000 gross square feet of Turn-Key Datacenter space in February. The second customer has leased four Turn-Key Datacenter PODs totaling 89,000 square feet, as well as 1,200 square feet of supporting office space. The customer will move in when construction is completed in  the third and fourth quarters of 2010.

The Turn-key Datacenter program offers customers finished ”plug and play” raised-floor data center space, which shifts the data center development costs from the tenant to the landlord, and allows for much quicker deployment than if the customer built a new facility on its own.

“Demand for our Turn-Key Datacenter solution from Internet and corporate enterprises alike continues to accelerate, particularly in Northern Virginia,” said Brent Behrman, Vice President of Global Sales for Digital Realty Trust. “As a result, the new 132,300 square foot building was leased well ahead of budget and we have begun construction planning for two additional datacenter facilities on the remaining two parcels at our Ashburn, Virginia campus.”

The two new data center buildings will total 155,000 gross square feet with 20 MW of available power and 115,000 gross square feet with 14 MW of available power, respectively. The first building is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2010 and the second in the first quarter of 2011.

The new facilities will be on land Digital Realty purchased last Mayto expand its existing three-building Ashburn campus along Devin Shafron Drive.

About the Author

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.

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