The exterior of the QTS Metro Atlanta data center.

The exterior of the QTS Metro Atlanta data center.

QTS Expands Already Massive Atlanta Metro Facility

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The exterior of the QTS Metro Atlanta data center.

The exterior of the QTS Metro Atlanta data center.

The QTS Atlanta Metro facility keeps getting bigger. The company recently completed and commissioned 70,000 square feet of raised floor in its Atlanta Metro facility, in support of the expansion of existing customers and data center demand in the Atlanta market.  The construction project took five months.

“This build is an example of our ‘just-in-time’ build methodology,” said Jim Reinhard, COO development and operations at QTS. “The scale of our mega data center facilities allows us to build out space in a controlled, well-planned way to meet customers’ schedules.”

IPO Part of Major Expansion Ambitions

The construction also resulted in the addition of 5.4 megawatts of UPS power. QTS is the leading provider in the Atlanta market, and this isn’t just platitudes. The 970,000 square-foot QTS Atlanta Metro Data Center is among the largest data centers in the world. The Metro facility now supports more than 200 customers and has 120 megawatts of utility power.  QTS’ two largest properties in terms of annualized rent, Atlanta Metro and Suwanee, collectively accounted for approximately 64 percent of its annualized rent as of June 30, 2013.

In the company’s recently filed S-11, the company disclosed that the Atlanta Metro facility was 84.9 percent leased.  The facility features an on-site Georgia Power substation and rich connectivity access to a wide variety of carrier alternatives. QTS provides a broad spectrum of data center services, including wholesale retail space, retail colo, and managed hosting. The company’s IPO file detailed an overall massive expansion plan.

In its SEC filing, the company said it plans to expand seven of its data centers across the county, investing up to $277 million to add more than 312,000 square feet of customer space in key markets over the next two years. The majority of that growth is projected for Dallas ($88 million investment), Richmond ($78 million) and Atlanta Metro ($54 million) , but QTS also plans to add more space at existing sites in Jersey City, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Suwanee, Georgia.

QTS is part of the Quality Group of Companies, founded in 1962 by James Williams and is now headed by his son, Chad Williams. In 2009, it announced a $150 million investment from private equity firm General Atlantic. Earlier this year the company boosted its credit line to $575 million, and acquired a massive facility in Dallas as well as the former Herakles data center in Sacramento.

About the Author

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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