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A global data center expansion project

Site selection

A Fortune 50 client approached the Jones Lang LaSalle Data Center Solutions team for a site selection requirement involving a global data center expansion project. This five-year initiative involved the evaluation of a diverse set of favorable criteria in order to secure multiple locations for progressive data center projects.

The plan started with a four pronged strategy which first included a global search for suitable options with lowest cost power as well as geography with a favorable fiber and tax environment. Then we produced quantitative and qualitative weighted rankings of alternatives. Our team pursued municipal assistance with partnering communities. We located and acquired sites on an on-going basis to meet global business demand.

The initial results from the first round of data center site selection revealed the following:

  • Purchased 74 acres in the western United States for mega data center
  • Leased 147,000 s.f. in northern Virginia
  • Purchased 44 acres in the Southwest for 470,000 s.f. data center
  • Purchased 42 acres in the Midwest for 120MW data center
  • Purchased 172 acres in western Virginia for 120MW facility
  • Purchased 707,000 s.f. / 120MW facility in the Midwest
  • Ongoing process of greenfield site selection across EMEA, Asia Pacific and Americas
  • Standardized process of due diligence and reporting across all three Regions

The project was a complete success, forming a long term relationship with an enterprise user that continues today.

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