Boston-based data center operator Iron Mountain, has started the construction of another data center on its Manassas Campus in Prince William County, Northern Virginia.

The new data center VA-2, is developed to join the existing 165,000 square-foot data center VA-1 which was opened in 2017 with 10.5MW of power capacity. The company adds that the expansion is needed to support the continued demands from new and existing customers in the data market.

 “We are excited to be expanding our presence in the largest data center market in the world, and at the same time continuing our commitment to economic development in the dynamic Prince William County,” said Mark Kidd, executive VP and GM of Iron Mountain Data Centers.

“By developing additional capacity in Manassas, we will be able to continue to provide our customers with purpose-built, enterprise-class data center capacity to solve their evolving IT architecture challenges.”

Averagely, VA-1 has nearly 100 of Iron Mountain’s customers and vendors working at its building on a daily basis, and the company anticipates that this trend will continue. In addition, the new facility will support the company’s contribution to job growth in the county, as Iron Mountain plans to employ nearly 50 new people at the campus.

“Iron Mountain is a change agent in the data center world. We’re proud to say it starts in Prince William County,” said Christina Winn, executive director of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development.

“In its Prince William County Campus, the data center leader has made space for customers to expand their footprint and provide office and storage space for more than 100 workers. This data center model brings more jobs into Prince William County and is beneficial for the industry, taxpayers, and commuters.”

According to Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development, VA-2 alone will cost around $225 million when finished. The first phase of the new data center is expected to be completed in Q1 2020.