QTS’ Record-Breaking Greenfield Build Features Leading Women in Site Development

Latest QTS mega data center, Ashburn-Shellhorn, highlights trusted partner collaboration

QTS’ newest greenfield site, Ashburn-Shellhorn, proudly features leading women in site development and construction both at QTS and through our leading partner for this project, HITT contracting. QTS’ industry-leading Development Team strategically focuses and plans greenfield sites years before a shovel even hits the ground. Once the shovel did hit the ground at the first facility on the 84MW planned campus, QTS Ashburn-Shellhorn, was rolling weeks ahead of schedule and has stayed on-track due to the long-standing partnership and innovative collaboration between QTS and our leading vendors.

The Ashburn-Shellhorn campus is situated on 24 acres of owned land between Loudoun County Parkway and Shellhorn Drive and will provide 84 megawatts across two planned facilities. The initial building will feature 42MW across 300,000 gross square feet and 162,000 square feet of data hall space. The adjacent, existing Dominion Power substation is expandable to support continued campus growth.


I enjoy all of the strategic planning aspects involved with helping create the most valuable data center real estate that to support both our customer needs and the QTS business,” said Laney Marinich, QTS VP of Development.


Here is a look at some of the leading women on the project.

QTS VP of Development 

Laney Marinich

"I work with our corporate real estate and finance teams to create the master plan and vision for each site by optimizing the sellable data center space for the campus. From there, I support our team as we work with local jurisdictions to position the data center for construction by obtaining all necessary property entitlements and construction permits.  I enjoy all of the strategic planning aspects involved with helping create the most valuable data center real estate to support both our customer needs and the QTS business." 

HITT Contracting Safety SUperintendent

Taylor Hood

“My job requires me to split my time between the field and the office. As Safety Superintendent, my responsibilities include walking the site to make sure everyone is working safely, implementing safety plans and performing weekly site inspections. Additionally, I conduct safety orientations, review crane plans, track high-risk activities and develop site specific safety plans.”

QTS design and construction program manager 

Sarah Blue

“I have been managing the Interiors Program for QTS Project Shellhorn. My responsibilities stretch from early design planning and drawing, through material and equipment procurement, installation, and ultimately turnover to the end user. I am passionate about this role because it meshes my engineering background with my interest in the arts and creative capabilities. QTS values the creation of beautiful, functional, innovative spaces for our customers and employees, and I love being able to support our business goals in this capacity.”

HITT Contracting Project Engineer

Kelsey McWilliams

“My roles on the Ashburn-Shellhorn project are Quality Control Manager, Superintendent for the Administrative Space, as well as updating the Site Logistics Plan and Steel and Precast Tracking Logs. As a Quality Control Manager, I am responsible for the documentation of inspections, observations and the deficiency closeout protocol. I help the team ensure that the client’s quality expectations are met. As a Superintendent for the Administrative Space of the building, I am responsible for completing the Fit-Out portion of the space including all the interior finishes, the Lobby and the Freedom Café.”

QTS Director of Post Sales Construction 

Jean Ann Scharer

“I work with our real estate development, operations and sales teams to ensure that our interior fit out projects meet our Hyperscale clients’ expectations and are delivered on schedule with competitive pricing. Communication is key! I work with these teams from lease negotiation to client acceptance, to ensure a smooth process for our Hyperscale clients. This collaboration with our most sophisticated customers includes design coordination, budgeting, and build process management. I enjoy being part of such a multifaceted project team and making sure that our customers receive the best project delivery experience throughout every build.”

HITT Contracting Assistant Superintendent

Chloe McAuliffe

“On the Ashburn-Shellhorn project, my responsibilities include all doors, frames and hardware coordination, and security room fit outs. I manage all of the subcontractor’s foremen and their teams for these particular areas. I also implement and maintain quality control. I will also be managing the Facilities Fit-Out and pushing all Early Access Areas that are essential to the start of the building.”


Amber Riddle

“My role on the Ashburn-Shellhorn project is accomplishing the Data Hall Fit-Outs and Tennant Area. I participate in overseeing job site safety, ensuring quality control, maintaining and pushing the schedule. I also focus on the communication and coordination with the subcontractors in the field and regarding constructability issues.”


Laura Kuhn

“At the Ashburn-Shellhorn project, my role is to manage our subcontractors through project administration and coordination. I am responsible for the RFI and submittal management, the procurement of all project materials, and the field coordination between the trades on site. In addition, I assist the financial portion of the project which includes that each month I collect and evaluate subcontractor’s payment requisitions for accuracy and compile all financials to create the bill for the month.”