Data Centers Boosts Local Construction Markets
Data Centers On The Rise
The construction of large data centers—the physical locations where tech companies house their computer systems—is booming across the country. Even though the content is virtual, the data that drives the internet and everything else these days requires physical space to store servers that house the data.
Data centers contain thousands, sometimes millions, of square feet of tall racks that hold the servers. These centers must be located near bodies of water to keep the centers adequately cooled and require large tracks of land. They are often part of redevelopment projects as they bring construction jobs and an economic shot in the arm to surrounding communities. Infrastructure also accompanies these projects, including the need for paving roads and running sewer and water lines to multiple buildings.
In Georgia, a Facebook project is investing in six solar farms in the area, adding construction jobs and investing in renewable energy. Facebook is also investing $1B in the Newton, GA, facility which will begin construction on phase one in 2021, and phase two in 2023.
Northern Virginia is known as “Data Center Alley” and has many tech companies relocating to the area outside Washington DC. Other data hubs include Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and the list goes on. The three big names in data center construction are the ubiquitous Google, Amazon, and Facebook. All three companies have billion-dollar projects occurring in several states, and around the world.