Wholesale data center provider Digital Realty Trust has begun an expansion its data center facility at 2121 S. Price Road in Chandler, Arizona, the company said today. The company says it is adding 226,000 square feet of rentable space and 13 megawatts of power to the facility.
The Chandler facility was acquired last year as part of Digital Realty's purchase of the 365 Main portfolio of data centers. The existing building spans 293,000 square feet and is currently 97 percent occupied. Upon completion, the expanded facility is expected to feature more than 31 megawatts of total power.
The Chandler site is Digital Realty's second data center in the greater Phoenix market. The company also owns 120 East Van Buren, a traditional connectivity hub in downtown Phoenix.
"Phoenix is a very important market for Digital Realty Trust," said Brent Behrman, Senior Vice President, Global Sales at Digital Realty Trust. "Our investment in this property underscores our commitment to the Phoenix area, where we have established a substantial operating platform for supporting our customers in Arizona."
Construction is currently underway on the expanded building shell, with the first three 1,125 kilowatt Turn-Key Datacenters scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2011. Since the existing building is near capacity, existing tenants with expansion requirements are likely to be among the best prospects to fill the new space.
"Phoenix is a significant data center market with strong demand from many companies that want to locate their IT infrastructure in a location relatively free of natural disasters, with significant fiber connectivity and competitively priced electricity," said Behrman. "The local power utility, Salt River Project (SRP), provides green options and has a long history of maintaining robust, stable, and low cost power,"