Time Warner Cable Opens $82M Data Center in Charlotte

A look inside the Time Warner Cable data center in Charlotte reveals some of the 219,000 linear feet of conduit installed in the building. (Photo: Time Warner Cable)

Time Warner Cable today cut the ribbon on an $82 million data center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 178,000 square foot facility houses 1,600 racks and four 12,000 square foot data halls. The data center, which was announced last summer as part of a $101 million expansion in Charlotte, is strategically designed to double in equipment size to accommodate future growth. There’s also a second facility on the campus, a four-story 103,500 square foot admin office building. Both buildings will seek LEED Silver certification.

“Locating one of just two national data centers in Charlotte emphasizes TWC’s commitment to the Charlotte area and a commitment to provide the latest and best technology to our customers,” said Carol Hevey, executive vice president of operations in a press release. TWC also announced the addition of 225 new jobs in the area, with all positions now filled, making Charlotte the company’s largest corporate campus.

Dubbed National Data Center East, the facility will deliver Time Warner Cable’s core residential and business products. Some key functions include hosting the applications that support approximately 70 million residential emails a day, billing records for more than 15 million customers, and all the back-end applications for the entire Time Warner Cable employee base. The building also uses some NaviSite cloud in it, specifically NaviSite’s NaviCloud Platform. NaviSite was acquired by Time Warner Cable way back in February, 2011.

Here are some fun facts about the new data center:

  • Over 360,000 man hours were worked to construct the building and critical infrastructure, which is approximately the same number of spectator-hours as a sold out Ohio State Football game.  Their stadium holds over 102,000 people.
  • Mechanical plant consists of six 300 ton York Air-Cooled Chillers on Day 1.  At ultimate build there will be 14 of the 300 ton chillers, providing enough capacity to cool over 2,000 homes
  • The generator plant consists of four 500kw Generators with ultimate design of eight 2500 kW generators or enough power for over 10,000 homes.
  • One of the four generator assemblies weighs 253,000 pounds which is slightly less than its 256,000 pound foundation
  • There is the equivalent of 6,336,000 AA batteries on site.
  • There are 26,000 linear feet of precast concrete members, which if placed end to end would span roughly five miles
  • There are 20,023 linear feet of micropiles which equates to 655,000 pounds or the weight of twelve diesel engine generators
  • The chilled water system holds 87,279 gallons which is equal to ten large tanker trunks
  • There is 20,000 linear feet of caulking on the curtain wall system
  • There are roughly 2.5 miles of mechanical and plumbing piping which could span around the campus three times.
  • There were 12,900 yards of concrete poured for the project which equates to 50 miles of a 4’ sidewalk
  • There were 219,000 linear feet of conduit installed of which 132,000 feet is underground.
  • There were 1,316,000 linear feet of wiring

An exterior view of the $82 million Time Warner Cable data center in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo: TWC).

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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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