Colocation, managed services and cloud provider Expedient has broken ground on a 60,000-square-foot, $52 million data center in Dublin, Ohio (just outside Columbus). Once completed, the facility will add 18 megawatts and triple Expedient’s footprint in the Columbus market. The first phase is expected to open in the second half of 2015.
The new facility will bring Expedient’s overall footprint to 275,000 square feet across 10 data centers. The company is building the facility from the ground up in three phases. The first phase will be 28,000 square feet with 15,000 square feet of net usable space supporting 575 cabinets and will cost in excess of $22 million.
The company expanded its Upper Arlington, Ohio, data center in 2013. The Upper Arlington data center marked Expedient’s entrance in the Columbus area in 2011. The company purchased and upgraded an existing data center and is now expanding its market footprint with a greenfield build.
"In just a few short years since coming to Columbus in 2011, the market has become core to our business strategy," said Shawn McGorry, Expedient president and chief operating officer. "Thanks to the support of our customers, the great partnerships we've enjoyed in the community and of course, the hard work of our employees, we are delighted to expand our commitment to the mid-Ohio region.”
Local officials welcomed the construction project. City of Dublin Director of Development Dana McDaniel said, "Expedient's announcement to expand in the City of Dublin is a clear indication of our growing ability to meet not only business demands for reliable infrastructure but also for access to a highly-qualified workforce needed to support the new technologies hosted within these facilities."
Bryan Smith, Expedient's regional vice president, said the company was fortunate in its site-selection process to find a location directly adjacent to an electrical substation and fourteen connectivity service providers with fiber optic infrastructure running through the property.
Expedient also expanded its Pittsburgh data center this year.