Northern Virginia: PowerHouse Data Centers & DPR Construction Mark 50% Completion for ABX-1 Data Center

Mar 02, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

PowerHouse Data Centers, a partnership between American Real Estate Partners (AREP) and Harrison Street that provides turnkey facility location, powered shell, and build-to-suit data center implementations, and DPR Construction, one of the nation's leading five data center contractors, have installed the final steel beam at the ABX-1 facility of PowerHouse Data Centers. On Friday, February 17, a Topping Out ceremony honored the occasion. Tenant occupancy is anticipated in July, with full completion in October. 

ABX-1 is the first of PowerHouse's six data center facilities in Northern Virginia, covering 2.1 million square feet of data center space. The 10-acre property has a two-story, 265,000-square-foot structure and a 300 MW substation that supplies up to 80 MW of electricity to the business. The substation, which will be constructed in collaboration with Dominion Energy, will be completed in 2026. Buddy Rizer, executive director of Loudoun County, Virginia's Department of Economic Development, stated that ABX-1 would have an enormous beneficial economic influence on this region. 

ABX-1 is directly connected to the main Ashburn Fiber ring and the national fiber backbone, providing zero-mile, low-latency connectivity to several interconnection hubs, critical internet exchanges, all major cloud-based services, and hundreds of network providers. At the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway with Beaumeade Circle, the location is encircled by more than one hundred thousand fiber strands, making it one of the world's most dense fiber intersections. There are at least 25 fiber providers beneath and next to this location, allowing for simple access to one of North America's densest communications networks. The ABX-1 project exemplifies PowerHouse's commitment to sustainable building. Roughly 10,780 tons of the previous building's concrete were crushed on-site and utilized in the construction of ABX-1, while 387 tons of other building metals were repurposed. Recently, PowerHouse and DPR Construction joined 170 other organizations in signing the Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) Climate Agreement (ICA).