The city of Garland announced Friday that California-based Digital Realty will build a $1 billion data center project in the city.
It’s the second time in two years that Garland has secured a large data center project, and the city said the Digital Realty commitment is the largest private capital investment in Garland’s history.
“After many months of hard work and collaboration, we are extremely excited to partner with Digital Realty on this exciting new data center campus project and look forward to many years of assisting them to grow and prosper in Garland,” Garland’s Director of Economic Development David Gwin said in a city news release.
DIGITAL REALTY HAS 156 DATA CENTERS GLOBALLY
The data center will be built on 47.5 acres at 1702 West Campbell Road, northeast of the intersection of West Campbell Road and the President George Bush Turnpike, the city said in a release.
The project will be developed in three separate $350,000 phases, and is expected to operate in excess of 150 megawatts of critical IT load at build out, the city said.
San Francisco-based Digital Realty has 156 data centers in more than 32 global markets in 11 countries and four continents.
In April 2017, business and civic leaders in Garland held a grand opening for the first phase of RagingWire Data Centers’ $389 million data center campus in the city.
That data center is at 2008 Lookout Road, not far from the new Digital Realty site, the city said. The first phase of the RagingWire facility includes 200,000 square feet of space and is leasing.
GARLAND OWNS AND OPERATES ITS OWN ELECTRIC UTILITY
At full build out, the RagingWire facility will encompass more 1 million square feet of data center space in five separate phases. Ultimately, it will produce 80 megawatts of critical IT load.
Garland has a built-in advantage over some cities in attracting data centers because it owns and operates its own electric utility, according to the website Data Center Knowledge.
The website said that Garland offered Digital Realty 40-percent tax breaks over seven years on business and personal property.
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