DC BLOX to establish $785m data centre campus in Birmingham

WCN Editorial Team 10 Jul 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

US-based data centre, network and cloud services provider DC BLOX will establish a new data centre facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

The company is expected to invest $785m in the data centre over the next 10 years.

DC BLOX intends to develop the technology and innovation campus on the 27-acre site of former Trinity Steel in downtown Birmingham.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said: “The significant investment being made by DC BLOX to open this data centre in Birmingham will not only create high-paying jobs, but also bring an exciting new chapter to a neighbourhood in the city with a long industrial history.

“We’re committed to positioning Alabama for a technology-focused future and look forward to working with the company to accelerate that process.”

DC BLOX will use the secure, modular design and lean construction techniques currently being used for its Huntsville data centre.

The company will break ground on the multi-tenant facility in Birmingham in August 2018. Under Phase 1, the company will deliver 31,000ft² and configurable up to 5MW of customer capacity by early 2019.

Along with the Atlanta, Huntsville and Chattanooga sites, the Birmingham data centre will be part of the company’s high-speed, high-capacity private optical network.

DC BLOX CEO Jeff Uphues said: “The Birmingham data centre campus will unquestionably be our flagship property, capable of scaling to over 200,000ft² of secure, government-grade data centre space.

“We believe this site will be a highly compelling alternative in the Southeast to Atlanta for enterprise, hyper-scale cloud, Software-as-a-Service, government, network and content providers.”

The company said that it has been searching for land in Birmingham since the third quarter of 2017.

DC BLOX COO Mark Masi said: “DC BLOX wanted to be in Birmingham because of its strong local economy, geographic location, fibre optic network connectivity and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said: “The City of Birmingham was proud to work with DC BLOX to bring this significant data centre project to Birmingham.

“In addition to utilising a long-vacant property in our city and transforming the surrounding neighbourhood, this will serve as the company’s flagship data centre and a tool to attract further business to the area.”

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Image: DC BLOX Birmingham data centre. Photo: courtesy of DC BLOX.

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