QTS Chicago

2800 S. Ashland Ave

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Data Center Notes:


  • The campus was a former Sun Times Press Facility and was acquired in 2014. [1]
  • The campus is 30 acres (an unusually large plot of land) near downtown Chicago.)
  • 467,000 sq. ft. facility
  • 208,000 sq. ft. raised floor within existing building
    • DH1 is 48,000 sq. ft
    • DH2 is 80,000 sq. ft
    • DH3 80,000 sq. ft
  • 2,925 sq. ft. leasable office space
  • Three loading docks available with dock levelers
  • LEED Gold Certified

Power

  • Configuration options: N+1, 2N
  • 125MW of critical power capacity
  • UPS power in an N+1 configuration
  • Generator power in an N+1 configuration

Cooling

  • 26+ indirect heat exchanger cooling units 400/367/250 kW
  • Temperature and humidity sensors installed in data halls providing
  • remote indications and alarms to on-site and off-site facility personnel
  • VESDA smoke detection above and below raised floors
  • Fully automated Building Management System providing remote
  • indications and operations capabilities
  • WonderWare monitoring for electrical systems

Future Expansion

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.

Building Gross SqFt Currently Built-Out Future GrossSqFt to be Added Total When Built Out
Building 1 48,000 85,000 133,000
Building 2 0 213,000 213,000

Data Center Access

For the first data room, the company built a configuration room next to the receiving area, so technicians can unload and unpack equipment without moving it greater distances. QTS installed the lift next to the configuration room so servers can be conveniently transferred to the raised computing floor. Similarly, the site plan calls for each data room to have its own secure receiving area, configuration room and lift.

References:


1. QTS Press Release July 9, 2014

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1.55 miles Metro Edge: Illinois Medical District (IMD)
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1.99 miles CoreSite Chicago CH2
In February 2018, CoreSite acquired a two-acre land parcel in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on which CoreSite built CH2, a greenfield development of a 175,000-square-foot, turn-key, four-story data center supporting 18 critical megawatts of power capacity. The building was completed in June 2020.
2.43 miles First Communications Chicago
2.43 miles TierPoint Chicago Polk
2.46 miles Server Farm Realty 840 South Canal
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2.46 miles DataBank (ORD2) 840 S Canal
2.66 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1(B, C & D)
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2.68 miles Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4
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2.68 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1
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2.77 miles 725 S Wells - 1547 Critical Systems
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2.77 miles Crown Castle 725 S Wells
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2.79 miles Netrality Chicago: 717 S Wells
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2.97 miles Cogent: 600 S Federal
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2.97 miles 600 S Federal - Digital Realty
3.00 miles CoreSite Chicago CH1
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3.00 miles Cogent: 427 S LaSalle
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11.97 miles Digital Crossroad (Indiana NAP)
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12.16 miles Digital Crossroad: Hammond, IN (Phase 2)
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13.75 miles Aligned Chicago ORD-01
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13.76 miles Aligned ORD-02
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19.65 miles Prime: ORD1 Bldg C
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19.86 miles CloudHQ Mount Prospect ORD3
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QTS Chicago Data Center Photos


Diagram of QTS's Site in Chicago
Source: QTS

Exterior View of QTS's Chicago Building
Source: QTS

Raw Space Ready for Build-out
Source: Bisnow/Dees Stribling

Lobby Entrance
Phase 1 has 6 MW of power and 48,000 square feet of raised floor space

QTS Chicago Site Layout

Phase 1 has 6 MW of power and 48,000 square feet of raised floor space

Source: QTS

KyotoCooling System

Chicago SunTimes Building Before QTS's Acquisition

Kyoto Units Installed on the Roof
Source: Mission Critical Magazine

Operating Company

Company History:


  • 2003: QTS was founded by Chad Williams with its first data center in Overland Park in Kansas
  • 2003: Company acquired first data center in Overland Park, KS
  • 2005 QTS acquired Atlanta Suwanee data center
  • 2010 Acquired their Richmond facility
  • 2013: When public (IPO) and started trading under the symbol QTS on the NYSE.
  • 2014 Expanded with Chicago and Princeton data centers
  • May 2015: QTS acquires Carpathis Hosting for $326 million. [1] The transaction increases QTS's ability to serve IaaS and Government clients. Additionally the transaction provides a number of deployments within Equinix facilities. [2] [3]

Headquarters:


QTS maintains three different operational headquarters. The corporate headquarters are in Overland Park, KS. The operational headquarters are in Suwanee, GA. Carpathia headquarters have remained in Dulles, VA to better serve government clients.

References:


1. PR Newswire May 6, 2015
2. The Whir article July 5, 2012
3. The Whir article Feb 28, 2011

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Name Date Added Description
qts-chicago-data-center-data-sheet-pdf December 2018
qts_chicago October 2016

Four page data sheet from 2016.