Overland Park, Kan. (June 28, 2016) Responding to increasing demand for mission critical data center capacity in downtown Chicago, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data centers, managed hosting and cloud services, today announced that its new, 317,000 square foot mega data center in downtown Chicago will open July 1.
QTS and Mortenson Construction, one of the nation’s top builders, have completed Phase 1 of construction with 48,000 square feet of raised floor and associated critical power. When fully developed, the 317,000 square foot Building 1 will support a total of 133,000 square feet of raised floor encompassing 24 megawatts of power. QTS has the ability to add an additional 213,000 square feet of raised floor and 32 megawatts of power in Building 2 for a total of 346,000 square feet of raised floor and 56 megawatts of power within the campus.
“We are pleased to formally open our new Chicago data center that extends our platform delivering a broad selection of integrated IT infrastructure services for Chicago and nationally,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operations Officer, Sales and Marketing - QTS. “We are focused on a collaborative, high-touch enterprise approach serving the dynamic needs of today’s agile enterprises seeking a partner that can right-size flexible and scalable IT solutions for today and tomorrow.”
QTS worked closely with Mortenson and ESD to design and transform the iconic Chicago Sun-Times facility into a mega data center on Chicago’s south side. It is QTS’ first data center in Chicago and serves as QTS’ Midwest hub delivering an integrated portfolio of highly secure IT infrastructure services for enterprise and government organizations.
With six leading telecommunications, fiber and dark fiber carriers in place, the new carrier neutral data center offers direct access to diverse, long haul fiber networks for enterprises in Chicago’s Central Business District and surrounding areas as well as fiber ring options to 350 E. Cermak Street. The new facility was built to achieve an annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.17 while championing flexibility and innovative mechanical cooling solutions such as the ability to take advantage of the local climate with modular, dry KyotoWheel™ technology.
Situated on a 30-acre campus, QTS Chicago is highly secure and monitored 24x7x365 by QTS’ Operations Services Center (OSC), and on-site network teams and building management systems. QTS’ leads the industry with a Net Promoter score of 63.5 for 2015. The high score reflects QTS’ continued focus on providing premium customer service and exceeding customer expectations during a time of fast growth.
The open house is set to take place at the data center on July 15. Local officials will comment on the business impact and interested companies can tour the world-class facility. Registration is required and can be completed via this link.
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,000 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS' Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.