Compass begins construction in Loudoun Campus
Compass Datacenters has just commenced the construction of its first data center in Loudoun County, Virginia. The company will be applying its 1.2MW incremental design principle to the campus model, in order to achieve delivery timeframes in the process.
The new Loudoun facility is designed to deliver 6MW of IT Load to the company’s Cloud/Hyperscale Customers and it is developed on the Compass Data Center Campus in Northern Virginia. The campus which is over 100 acres, is planned for 500,000 square feet and 75MW of critical IT capacity as announced.
“Northern Virginia is one of the most dynamic data center markets in the world. Over the past several months, we’ve been working diligently on the site preparing pads for the first building. We have now begun construction on the first data center, with subsequent buildings to follow,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters.
According to Compass, the setting out of this project aligns with the communities’ land use goals as it features low-impact design, construction and operations.
“Compass has been a great community partner and has been a responsible and responsive leader in their approach and design toward development. Compass is a world-class operator, and we’re very excited to watch them grow in the world’s most dynamic data center market,” said Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun County Economic Development.
Compass noted that Northern Virginia’s abundance of fiber and geographic location makes it highly desirable for large, rapidly growing cloud and SaaS providers. It features over 4.6 million square feet of occupied data center space serviced by 616MW of commissioned power. The company further states; Northern Virginia is the largest data center market in the U.S. The area is also relatively disaster free and offers a sales tax exemption for data center customers through 2035.
Compass added that it has recently procured parcels of land in Phoenix and two other major markets for developments of more data center campuses.