By Candace Carlisle
Staff Writer | Dallas Business Journal
Data center giant Digital Realty Trust Inc. has completed the latest addition to its Richardson data center campus, which will bring 70,000 square feet of raised floor space to the Telecom Corridor.
The delivery of the new data center at 907 Security Row in Richardson will also bring a 33,000-square-foot equipment yard to the data center campus.
The new data center comes to North Texas at a time when Dallas-Fort Worth — unlike other major metros in the United States — has a good deal of speculative development underway, which can be a pricey proposition for a developer, or data center provider.
“There are few markets with speculative large scale data center development taking place in the United States,” Rick Drescher, managing director of technical services for Savills Studley in New York, told the Dallas Business Journal in an earlier interview.
“This has been a big trend in the last two years and there are a lot of big providers out there with a lot of cash,” he said, adding Dallas-Fort Worth is the only market he knows that has investors putting money into speculative data center development.
“It is interesting to see hundreds of millions of dollars in speculative data center development,” Drescher said. “It shows you the sentiment of the growth opportunity in Dallas-Fort Worth and the expectation that there will be a lot of demand.”
Along with San Francisco-based Digital Realty's latest center, Dallas-basedDataBank Holdings Ltd. plans to expand its Richardson facility at Digital Realty's Richardson campus by another 16,000 square feet of space to the roughly 50,000-square-foot data center.
Alliance Architects Inc. designed both projects for Digital Realty and DataBank. DPR Construction was the general contractor on the Digital Realty project.
The data center was designed to deliver dual fed underground power with redundant electrical systems and secondary power through 2-megawatt generators.
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