Vantage Completes Construction of its First Quincy Data Center
September 19th, 2013 By: Jason Verge
Vantage Data Centers has completed construction, commissioning and delivery of its first build-to-suit data center in Quincy, Washington, the company said today. Designed in conjunction with an undisclosed enterprise customer, the first facility on Vantage’s Quincy campus will support up to 9 megawatts of critical IT load at full capacity. The 133,000 square foot building features 61,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space, and is designed to operate at an annualized Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3.
That PUE is achieved partially through a custom indirect evaporative cooling system designed to eliminate impact from outdoor conditions through a closed loop delivery infrastructure. The Vantage facility is also using generators that meet the EPA Tier 4 standard and reduce emissions by 90 percent compared to traditional generator deployments, and has installed LED site lighting designed to significantly reduce energy use.
The Vantage Quincy campus features 68 acres of land and low cost hydro-electric power. The site will ultimately house four buildings spanning about 529,000 square feet and 55 megawatts of critical IT load. With significant additional power at the site, the company will be able to support other large customers in either a powered shell or turnkey facility.
“The completion of the Quincy project in support of a large enterprise customer marks the opening of Vantage’s second data center campus,” said Sureel Choksi, President and CEO of Vantage. “Consistent with the company’s Santa Clara campus, the Vantage Quincy campus has been designed for massive scalability, high energy efficiency and operational excellence in support of large enterprises and web companies.”
The Vantage campus in Quincy offers an opportunity for larger space requirements. With its low-cost hydro power, Quincy has been an attractive market for companies with web-scale operations, including Microsoft, Yahoo and Dell.
“Quincy benefits from lower power costs,” said Rick Kurtzbein, Analyst at 451 Research. “With abundant hydroelectric power, network connectivity, tax incentives and low risks of natural disasters, Quincy is an emerging datacenter market for enterprises and web companies for either primary datacenter sites or for secondary, disaster recovery sites. The Quincy market allows for lower, ongoing operational costs that benefit datacenter providers, as well as customers in their facilities.”
Following the standards the company employed in Santa Clara, the Quincy facility has been built to achieve LEED Platinum certification. It was also awarded the Uptime Institute’s Tier III certification for both design documents and constructed facility.