Data Center Construction Update
Rendering of the future Plano, Texas, data center by Skybox (Photo: Skybox)

Data Center Construction Update

Large data center builds underway in North and South America

DuPont Fabros Entering Portland, Growing in Silicon Valley

DuPont Fabros Technology has acquired a big parcel of land in Hillsboro, Oregon, an area with numerous data centers just outside of Portland. The company has also kicked off construction of the third phase of its Santa Clara, California, campus. The entire third phase has been pre-leased by a single customer, whose name DFT did not disclose.

The company bought the nearly 50-acre parcel in Hillsboro for $11.2 million, and said it was part of the multi-market expansion plan it had been executing in recent months. It also announced a big data center construction project in Toronto and interest in entering the Phoenix market.

An aerial view of the DuPont Fabros data center in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: DuPont Fabros Technology)

An aerial view of a DuPont Fabros data center in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: DuPont Fabros Technology)

The third phase of DFT’s Silicon Valley campus is a 16MW data center with about 64,000 square feet of data center space. The company expects the build-out to cost between $164 million and $170 million, with an estimated return on investment around 12 percent.

Google’s $600M Oregon Project a Go

Google's data center campus in the Dalles, Oregon. (Photo: Google)

Google's data center campus in the Dalles, Oregon. (Photo: Google)

Google has decided to go ahead with the $600 million data center expansion in The Dalles, Oregon, not far from its existing data center campus there, Oregon Live reported. The company has had a data center in The Dalles since 2006, attracted by the city’s combination of energy infrastructure, available land, and workforce.

The company has invested $1.2 billion in first Google data center there, located less than one mile away from the site of the future facility.

Today, in addition to land and low energy prices, the state offers attractive tax incentives for data center operators. Google secured tax breaks for the project last year.

Skybox Building Large in Dallas Market

Rendering of the future Plano data center by Skybox (Photo: Skybox)

Rendering of the future Plano data center by Skybox (Photo: Skybox)

Add one more big data center construction project to the Dallas-Fort Worth data center boom. Skybox Datacenters, a joint venture between two Dallas-based investment firms, announced this week a 150,000-square foot, 20MW project in Plano.

The company, backed by Rugen Street Capital and Bandera Ventures, wants to take advantage of the reportedly fast-growing demand for data center capacity in the Dallas market. The growth is fueled in part by recent expansion of corporate presence in the area by companies like Toyota, FedEx, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, and Nokia, according to a statement by Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere.

Skybox’s 21-acre site can support a contiguous building up to 350,000 square feet in size, the company said.

Other recent expansions in the Dallas data center market:

Equinix to Build New Dallas Data Center

RagingWire Takes Its Massive-Scale, Luxury-Amenities Data Center Model to Texas

Texas Colo with Efficient Data Center Cooling System Launched

Compass Eyeing Dallas, Atlanta Data Center Markets

Equinix to Build Fifth Brazil Data Center

Inside Equinix's SV5 data center in San Jose, California (Photo: Equinix)

Inside Equinix's SV5 data center in San Jose, California (Photo: Equinix)

The company expects its upcoming São Paulo facility, its fifth data center in Brazil, will have the capacity to support 2,800 IT cabinets, which will almost double its total inventory in the country.

Equinix plans to spend $76 million on construction of the 13MW facility. The 200,000-plus-square foot building will have about 90,000 square feet of data center space.

It is one of four new data center construction projects on four continents the Redwood City, California-based colocation giant announced earlier this month. The others are in Dallas, Tokyo, and Sydney.

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