Sabey Breaks Ground on Huge Quincy Project

An illustration of the what the Sabey Corp. Intergate.Quincy data center campus will look like upon completion. Construction commenced this week.

After fully leasing its data center campus in nearby Wenatchee, developer Sabey Corp. has broken ground on its new Intergate campus in Quincy, Washington, the company said this week.

The Sabey project launch is the latest in a series of data center construction jobs in Quincy, a small town in central Washington that benefits from cheap hydro-electric power and a climate that’s ideal for fresh air cooling. Microsoft and Yahoo recently completed the first phases of major expansions in Quincy, while Dell just broke ground on a 350,000 square foot data center.

In the Works for Four Years

The Intergate.Quincy project has been in the planning stages since 2007. Plans for the Sabey campus call for three data center buildings housing more than 525,000 square feet of space. Buildings A and B will each be approximately 189,000 square feet, and  Building C will be 139,000 square feet.  Building C is currently permitted and scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011.

An on-site substation will provide electrical capacity of over 50 megawatts. The data centers will be served with redundant electrical and mechanical systems and backup systems for emergency or maintenance events.

“We have owned the property for almost 4 years, but we’ve waited for the right market cues to build,” said John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers. “We’re also fortunate in working with knowledgeable local and state governments that are experienced in the data center construction process as well as a seasoned data center construction workforce.”

Meets Tax Break Deadline

Construction commenced in time for Sabey to capture a key tax benefit. In March 2010 the Washington legislature passed a targeted tax break to allow a temporary sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of computers and energy for new data centers in 32 rural counties. To qualify for the incentives, companies must commence construction by July 1, 2011.

The partial sales tax exemption applies to electrical components and electrical component installation and computer or server related equipment. Other construction and essential supplies and services such as earthwork, asphalt, concrete and HVAC is still subject to Washington state sales tax which continues to benefit the area.

Sabey Data Centers recently completed leasing of its LEED Gold certified Building B at Intergate.Columbia, bringing the campus to full occupancy. Due to the leasing success of Intergate.Columbia I, plans are underway for Phase II.

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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.

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