COMPLETED DURING THE LOCKDOWN
Data center developer and operator ServerFarm, has just completed an expansion project on its Toronto data center, adding 14MW of new critical capacity.
Completed during the COVID-19 lockdown, the new capacity is provided to meet the increasing demand for data infrastructure to support business continuity amidst the challenges caused by the dreadful pandemic.
“Data center capacity in the Toronto area is in tight supply, and our vision to develop new capacity within an existing facility started 10 months ago, long before the global shock of the pandemic,” said Avner Papouchado, CEO of ServerFarm.
“We’re immensely proud of our teams for working so hard to make this capacity available so quickly. That this was achieved while maintaining worker safety despite having to work in lockdown conditions points to their professionalism and our ability to adapt to the rapidly changing conditions wrought by the COVID-19 threat.”
Upon completion of the expansion project, ServerFarm’s Toronto facility TOR1, now have a total utility power of over 21MW, bringing more capacity to the Toronto data center market. The project which started about 10 months ago and brought to completion during the lockdown, was executed with the support of TD Securities, Israel Discount Bank and other investors.
Boasting of a sustainable infrastructure, ServerFarm stated that the Toronto project delivered significant embodied carbon savings. The company claims that reusing a building eliminates the carbon emissions for a standard new construction building, resulting in a significant embodied carbon emission reduction.
Hence, ServerFarm reused its existing 80,000 square foot building shell of concrete, steel, metal panel and roofing systems to cut embodied carbon by an estimated 75%, as announced.
In November 2019, ServerFarm also made a big move in its expansion journey with the acquisition of a 194,000 square foot data center in Amsterdam, becoming its second major European location after SF LON1 in Feltham, London.