DataBank: DataBank Begins Construction of a New Data Facility in Atlanta, Georgia

May 04, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

DataBank has begun constructing a new data center in Atlanta, Georgia, and has completed an expansion in San Diego, California.
The US-based business announced the start of construction on its ATL4 data center in Atlanta last week. The colocation facility, located at 200 Selig Drive, will include 200,000 square feet of raised surface area and 4MW of capacity, expandable to 40MW. In May 2022, DataBank reportedly acquired the 18-acre property for $10.9 million. The site once belonged to Lathem Time Corporation, a manufacturer of timepieces, time cards, and employee monitoring systems. Once completed, ATL4 will be connected to DataBank's ATL2 and ATL3 facilities via dark fiber.

"The Atlanta metropolis continues to grow, and we are expanding our presence as the area emerges as one of the top data center markets in the country," said Tony Qorri, vice president of construction for DataBank. "Adding a fourth data center to the greater Atlanta area will further establish our position as a leading enabler for high-density computing workloads within this vital connectivity hub for the southeastern United States." DataBank operates three other data centers in the Atlanta area, totaling 32MW and 136,000 sq ft at complete build-out. "Brasfield & Gorrie is honored to contribute our experience in mission-critical construction to this project," said vice president and division manager Dustin Smith. “The need for mission-critical facilities has steadily grown, and Brasfield & Gorrie’s experience has grown alongside that need.”

The business also finished an expansion project in San Diego, California in April. The SAN1 expansion at 12270 World Trade Drive added 40,000 square feet of raised floor space, increasing the site's total capacity to 60,000. Additionally, the endeavor has increased the site's total capacity to 7.5 MW. "We are pleased to have completed this expansion, providing even more capacity to the San Diego market," said Qorri. Currently, the corporation operates two data centers in San Diego. Zayo acquired both from Mexico's Kio Networks in 2017 for $12 million, with DataBank assuming control of the facilities in 2020 when it purchased zColo from Zayo.