CyrusOne held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 6 to celebrate the kickoff of the company’s construction project on its third Texas data center at its Houston West campus. The area is a 45-acre site in Houston’s energy corridor and is being expanded to boost available customer capacity to more than 1 million square feet for clients in the Houston region.
The company first announced the project earlier this year, and is now ready to begin building the new Houston data center. Once construction is finished, CyrusOne’s newest facility will include 428,000 square feet of raised floor capacity as well as 86,000 square feet of office space. Additionally, the structure is being built to support as much as 96 megawatts of critical power load.
Construction plans feature a two-phase process. The first step will include the establishment of the new data center’s 321,000 square foot powered shell, as well as building 214,000 square feet of raised floor space and 43,000 square feet of office space. Phase one will have the capacity to support up to 48 megawatts of critical load. The first hall of the new Houston data center will house 54,000 square feet of raised floor space and will come online early next year.
The location for the Houston West campus was chosen in part due to its proximity to redundant utility power feeds in the area, as well as convenient access to a major regional fiber corridor and telecommunications network. With the addition of the third data center, CyrusOne’s Texas campus will boast nearly 100 megawatts of support for critical power loads.
Key features of the new structure also include multiple levels of redundancy in CRAH units, generators, fuel tanks, UPS and PDUs. The facility will have several physical security components and also leverage the vendor’s building management system for proactive monitoring of interior and exterior assets.
The company partnered with Kirksey Architecture for the design of the new data center, and kW Mission Critical Engineering for engineering services.
Customers of the new Texas data center will also have access to the CyrusOne National IX that provides connectivity of scaled facilities through its virtually linked data center platform.