Roundup: Growth for Regional Data Centers

It's been a busy time for regional data center expansion. Here's a look at projects from Sisters of Mercy Health System (Missouri), Baltimore Technology Park (Maryland), HITT federal data center (Denver) and BlueBridge Data center (Cleveland).

Besides the Washington state tax break story there have been a lot of local newspaper stories about communities, local governments and various groups desperately crafting their response to the Google broadband experiment.

Here are some other regional stories about data center developments:

New $60 million Mercy data center. Sisters of Mercy Health System in Washington, Missouri gave a preview of the $60 million, 42,500 square foot data center March 5th.  The facility was designed and built specifically to support Mercy's 26 hospitals and is set to open this summer. “The Mercy Data Center is like the Fort Knox of data,” said Will Showalter, Mercy chief information officer. “In a world where identity theft is common, it’s critical that our patients’ medical information is safely protected from outsiders or natural disasters, and yet completely accessible to their health care teams.” The facility was built to withstand an F2 tornado and is earthquake braced throughout. Washington was selected as the site for the data center from more than 20 other sites.

Baltimore Data Center Expands: The Baltimore Technology Park is building a $5 million expansion that will provide 7,000 square feet of space and support up to six megawatts of power for law firms, educational institutions, health care providers and others seeking data center services. The 30,000-square-foot technology park opened five years ago in the shell of a one-story former whiskey warehouse just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

HITT selected for Denver Federal Data Center. The US General Services Administration has selected Virginia-based HITT Contracting to manage the design and construction of a new federal data center in Lakewood, Colorado.  The $62 million, 110,000 square foot facility is required to be built to satisfy Tier III redundancy specifications and to achieve LEED Silver certification.  Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed by October 2011.

BlueBridge Data Center selected by BlueBridge Networks LLC, a colocation and managed services provider announced that has selected the organization to house its mission-critical data within the company's enterprise-class data center in Cleveland.  The agreement between companies includes data center services, managed storage and managed security services. " had outgrown our current data center and we were seeking a company who could provide robust solutions that were reliable, scalable and secure," said Chad Schron, Vice President of  "Finding a company capable of managing and accommodating our business growth was imperative."

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