Large-scale data center specialist Vantage Data Centers has completed major structural work on the first of three facilities it plans to build on a 50-acre campus in Goodyear, Arizona.
The first building will offer a capacity of 32 MW and should open its doors in spring 2022.
When fully constructed, the Arizona site will offer a capacity of 160 MW and over one million square feet of space, becoming its largest campus in North America.
“The Town of Goodyear has established itself as a vibrant community by attracting cutting-edge technology companies and knowledge-based jobs. We look forward to a lasting partnership as the first facility opens next year, ”said Deputy Mayor Brannon Hampton.
Vantage was launched in 2010 with the purchase of Intel’s data center in Santa Clara. The company was acquired by the DigitalBridge real estate investment trust in 2017, and has become the basis of a very well-funded hyperscale data center business.
Its latest project is located near Phoenix, one of the top five data center markets in the United States. Vantage originally announced plans for a 160 MW campus in 2018, when it purchased the land.
“Our customers have identified Phoenix as an ideal location due to its low energy costs, rich connectivity and business-friendly environment,” said Jeff Tench, president for North America at Vantage. “It’s a suitable market for hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises that require a presence on the west coast for their digital infrastructure needs. “
Data centers at the future campus will include a closed-loop chilled water system with air-side economizers to minimize water consumption in dry conditions in the state.
In August, the company announced its intention to go to net zero by 2030, pledging to invest in R&D for technologies such as energy storage and backup alternatives to diesel generators, fuel supply. renewable energy, working with data center tenants to reduce their carbon footprint, and building a supply chain of suppliers whose climate goals are aligned with their own.
Vantage has spent huge sums of money to increase its footprint around the world. In 2020, the company earmarked $ 2 billion for its European expansion, which later turned out to include the purchase of NGD Data and its 180 MW Wales campus in the UK, which is expected to reach 270 MW when fully built.
In September, it entered the Asia-Pacific market with the acquisition of Agile Data Centers and PCCW’s data center business, in an agreement fueled by a capital increase additional $ 1.5 billion led by DigitalBridge. The deal includes ownership of facilities in Tokyo, Osaka, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, and is expected to be finalized before the end of the year.
In October, Vantage kicked off construction of its first African campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is expected to reach 60 MW when fully occupied. The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in summer 2022, will include a 16 MW building.
“Our first campus has a planned investment of over US $ 1 billion, and it will create hundreds of jobs to positively impact the local economy,” said Antoine Boniface, President of Vantage at the time. EMEA.