On the heels of Stream Data Center’s most recent announcement, our marketing team sat down with Anthony Bolner, Executive Vice President and Partner to discuss the company’s latest buildout in Chicago.
Question: Thanks for joining us Anthony! Stream Data Centers has certainly been busy. Can you tell us a little bit about Stream’s latest project in Chicago?
Anthony: Yes, definitely. We have commenced construction on 3 MW of fully commissioned critical infrastructure and 35,000 square feet of raised-floor data hall space in our recently constructed Chicago I powered shell. This represents the first phase of turnkey data center improvements, which will ultimately total 15 MW and 70,000 square feet of data hall space at full build and will be ready for service by the 2nd quarter of 2020.
Question: Was this an existing site or a new build?
Anthony: We converted an existing facility to a state-of-the-art powered shell in Elk Grove Village, which we are now building out into a fully commissioned turnkey hyperscale facility. This best in class data center space will provide customers with a roadmap to immediate IT expansion in the Chicago metro area. This is important as the Chicago area continues to see increased activity from cloud providers and enterprises.
Question: Why are you embarking on this project?
Anthony: The Chicago data center market continues to see demand for turnkey data center solutions from a mix of companies that generally have tight deployment timelines. Our Chicago I facility in Elk Grove Village provides our customers with an option for immediate deployment with significant expansion capabilities.
Question: What is significant about the Chicago market?
Anthony: Chicago has always been one of the nation’s premier data center markets. The city is home to a large number of Fortune 500 companies and it is the country’s second largest office market in the US, with estimates from JLL coming in at nearly 250 million square feet of required space. The area sees investments from data center developers large and small who are making the most of lower than average electricity costs and a very low risk of natural disasters, which in turn has driven an abundance of fiber and the availability of a wide range of Internet peering exchanges.
We expect to see this demand further enhanced due to the new tax incentives recently passed by the state of Illinois. Data center investments of $250 million or more that create 20 high-paid, full-time jobs can now qualify for state and local tax exemptions lasting 10 years. Thanks to this type of regulatory advancement, the Elk Grove Village area will continue to be a thriving hub for wholesale providers and single-tenant data centers.
Question: What are some of the features of the Chicago I facility?
Anthony: The expansion itself is a newly constructed, free-standing hyperscale data center, which is designed to provide rapid expansion opportunities. The Chicago I facility offers redundant 22 MW utility feeds from separate substations, a rich mix of fiber connectivity providers and offers top performing electric reliability in a nationally competitive energy market. The site itself sits outside FEMA’s 500-year flood plain in a convenient location just 22 miles from downtown Chicago.
Question: What does this latest development mean for Stream?
Anthony: At Stream we are committed to providing customizable solutions for our customers. We offer flexible deployments with customizable footprints, and rapidly scalable expansion options. In our Chicago I data center, we have been able to respond to the needs of the market, leveraging the skills of our construction and engineering teams, to optimize network design for low latency applications, and to provide adaptable bandwidth requirements and public cloud optimization. This project is the first of many hyperscale projects set for Stream, and is positioned to support the ongoing expansion needs of the Chicago market.
For more information on Stream Data Centers’ Chicago I facility, you can view the “virtual tour” here. https://www.streamdatacenters.com/datacenters/chicago-i/