325 Hudson in Manhattan is in the midst of an overhaul at a time when there’s a lot of movement in the New York City data center scene in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The new owners, comprised of Amerimar Enterprises, Jamestown Properties and Hunter Newby, have commenced construction on a renovation announced back in October. They say the planned enhancements at 325 Hudson are a direct response to industry demand.
"We have experienced increasing and specific demand for carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection options in New York City," said Newby, a veteran of the Manhattan data center market and Joint Venture Partner at 325 Hudson Street. "Our acquisition of the building and MMR upgrades further affirm our commitment to addressing this demand and providing a stable, long-term, diverse, neutral environment for global network operators to thrive here in New York."
In the cards is an upgrade to the building-owned and managed Meet Me Room (MMR) to support the requirement for diversity in global carrier and enterprise 100G DWDM (Dense Wave-Division multiplexing) network deployments. Improvements will reduce network operating expenses, while adding redundancy and route diversity for customers. 325 Hudson is currently executing new MMR agreements with new and existing network operators including, submarine cable systems, carriers, content providers, broadcast, media and entertainment companies.
The owners are also upgrading power and back-up power supplies during the construction period. These include:
- The building's AC 110c UPS capacity will be upgraded to 2N at 275 kVA, while the DC 48v capacity will be upgraded to 2N at 3400 amps as well as being backed by 1.5 MW diesel generator with plans for additional upgrades.
- 16 new 4-inch conduits and 56 innerducts are being pre-built between 4 diverse manholes into the Empire City Subway system, through diverse Points of Entry and terminating directly in the Meet Me Room. This eliminates the need for any customers to perform outside or inside plant duct or conduit construction
Several experienced players have committed to renovating the strategically located building, disclosing plans last October. 325 Hudson Street is a 10-story, 240,000-square-foot telecom building located in New York City’s Hudson Square area. The building has direct access to transatlantic cables and major metro and regional fiber providers. The first phase of the development will include cage and cabinet spaces as well as a large Meet Me Area where customers will have the opportunity to make physical interconnections with one another.
A former industrial building, 325 Hudson was redeveloped in 1998 into a telecom center. In April the partnership of Jamestown and Amerimar bought the facility from Young Woo & Associates and the Bristol Group, with a reported sale price of $110 million. The building offers heavy floor loading capacity, 12-foot ceilings, as well as robust HVAC, power, and back-up power supply.