Colocation provider QTS Realty Trust has commenced an expansion of its Atlanta-Metro data center campus with the development of a new data center.

The new data center is to be sited in the company’s 76-acre (approx) land in Atlanta which is adjacent to QTS’ existing mega data center. The new facility will feature over 250,000 square feet of leasable area and 72MW of critical incremental power capacity.

“Witnessing the immense development and growth of the community surrounding our downtown Atlanta data center site over the past decade has been extraordinary,” said Chad Williams, Chairman and CEO of QTS.

“We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with community leaders to further define Atlanta as an important destination for leading hyperscale technology companies and enterprise customers.”

Just before this announcement, QTS signed a 12MW Pre-lease with one of its current hyperscale customer to anchor the new Atlanta site.  QTS expects to deliver the first phase of the new development in mid-2020 and the initial tranche of the pioneer customer’s commitment will commence upon the official opening of this phase also in mid-2020.

Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown, expressed his delight in the expansion. He stated, “We are excited that QTS has chosen to further their commitment to the surrounding Atlanta area. Over the past decade, QTS has established itself as an important partner to the city of Atlanta, fostering technology innovation and employment growth. I look forward to QTS continuing to work with neighbors and residents through their community involvement initiatives.” 

Prior to owning the adjacent land, QTS acquired the Atlanta-Metro site in 2006 and has transformed the facility into a mega data center property in the Southeast. The whole facility currently spans a gross area of nearly 970,000 square feet and features over 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity as a multi-tenant data center.

The company is thriving in its European and North American footprint. In May, QTS acquired two operational data centers in the Netherlands from TCN SIG Telehousing BV.