The Benaroya Company has acquired a former HP data center in Boise, Idaho, the company said today. The Seattle-based developer recently opened its first data center project, the South Hill Data Center in Puyallup, Washington. HP sold the 60,252 square foot Boise data center as part of its global data center consolidation.
Benaroya said the expansion provides it with data center capacity in two active markets. The Boise Data Center sits on a five-acre property and offers 28,958 square feet of raised floor space with “medium- to low-density” power capacity. Space is available immediately at the facility, which is served by fiber providers Qwest, 360 Networks and Time Warner and supported by hydro-electric power. Boise’s power rates are approximately half that of most western states and are among the lowest in the United States.
“This acquisition expands our data center base regionally,” said Larry Benaroya of The Benaroya Company. “We believe Boise is a strong market for colocation and disaster recovery with significant demand for low to medium density data center space.”
Benaroya said Boise is attractive because of its low incidence of natural disasters and affordable power rates. Idaho Power has industrial rates of about 4.2 cents per kilowatt hour, but just announced plans to increase rates by between 10 to 14 percent.
In 2006, HP undertook an ambitious data center consolidation, migrating apps and equipments from more than 85 company-owned data centers into six newly-built facilities in Austin, Atlanta and Houston. In 2010 the company announced another major data center consolidation, this time affecting HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS), which it acquired in 2008.
Benaroya’s South Hill North Data Center recently earned Gold-level certification under the LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for energy efficient buildings. The facility features 56,605 square feet of raised floor space and electricity powered by hydroelectric and wind sources.
The Benaroya Company is a full-service commercial real estate company founded in 1956. Benaroya is active in acquiring, developing and managing data center, office, and industrial properties in the Pacific Northwest, and is also investing in high-tech companies throughout the region.