Technology infrastructure company, Aligned Data Centers, has announced the opening of its new hyperscale data center in Chicago, having completed the first-phase of the facility.

Codenamed Aligned ORD-01, the data center facility spans 220,000 square-foot, and expected to deliver 48MW of IT power capacity upon full build. Expandable to about 60MW, ORD-01 is the flagship data center on Aligned’s 18.5 acre Chicagoland campus.

“Chicago’s centralized location, long-haul connectivity, and access to renewable energy options make it an ideal geostrategic destination for hyperscalers and multinational enterprises to deploy their mission-critical infrastructure,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.

“Bringing one hyperscale data center online the same day that we break ground on a second facility is a testament not only to the demand for Aligned’s adaptive and sustainable data center platform, but to our ability to deliver infrastructure at the velocity our customers need it, even in a supply-and power-constrained market such as Chicago, anywhere in the world.”

Simultaneously, Aligned also announced the groundbreaking of a second data center ORD-02, which is sited adjacent to ORD-01. Both facilities are planned to leverage available metro, long haul and international fiber networks to offer customers local and international connectivity options.

Upon completion, Aligned’s Chicagoland campus is expected to feature two multi-story data center facilities and deliver over 100MW of power capacity.

On the development of the Chicagoland campus, Aligned stated that it has received approval to participate in the data center tax exemption program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) last year, enabling the Company to offset the costs of construction and equipment purchases.

In Arizona, Aligned recently announced the expansion of its footprint with the planned development of a new data center in Phoenix. Codenamed PHX-05, the new data center will be the fourth on Aligned’s flagship hyperscale campus in Arizona. The facility is also designed to combine the company’s patented Delta³™ cooling technology with a waterless heat rejection system.