A Houston tech-space developer has acquired a 700,000-square-foot building in North Texas for what it expects to be the largest data center in the state and one of the largest in the country. The building, which sits on 30 acres of land at 1649 W. Frankford Road in Carrollton, was acquired by CyrusOne, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell.
Curt Holcomb and Bo Bond of Jones Lang LaSalle handled site selection work for the project. Hillwood was the seller.
After redevelopment, the facility will offer nearly 400,000 square feet of raised floor data center space and 60,000 square feet of Class A office space. It’s slated to provide “250 kilowatts per foot in a 2N design expected to deliver 100 percent uptime capabilities,” CyrusOne said.
The company also aims to seek Platinum LEED certification.
“I am really excited about the project, as it’s of the size and scale that historically was only available to the giant ‘web-scale’ companies,” said Kevin Timmons, CTO of CyrusOne, in a statement. “The product that we will deliver to the Dallas market will be unique from a number of perspectives, not only in terms of size, but more important, we will be able to take advantage of free air cooling and will implement several cutting-edge concepts in our electrical back plane.” These things will translate into lower costs for customers and help the environment, he said.
This is the third acquisition for CyrusOne in the past two months. In November, the company acquired a 175,000-square-foot facility in Houston. Last month it purchased a 200,000-square-foot building in San Antonio. Holcomb and Bond with Jones Lang LaSalle also provided site selection consulting on that buy.
“The demand by our Fortune 500 customers for high-quality enterprise-class facilities has been tremendous,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and CEO of CyrusOne, in a statement. “Our goal with (the Carrollton) facility is to provide our customers with a higher quality product than they would ever consider building for themselves and also design it in such a way that it will be 50-percent more efficient than what they could ever achieve.”
Demand for data center space in North Texas is on the rise. A recent report from Jones Lang LaSalle named DFW is the nation’s sixth most important data center market in the country, due to its strong business climate and robust infrastructure.