T5 Joins Oregon Trail

T5 Data Centers said that it will build a 200,000-square-foot data center in Hillsboro, Ore, joining any number of data centers that have settled in the Pacific Northwest for tax purposes and to take advantage of the region’s cool climate.

T5 said earlier this week that it acquired a 15-acre parcel of land in Hillsboro and is finalizing design for construction of a 200,000 square-foot, LEED-certified data center facility. Once completed, the project will be the only purpose-built, ground-up wholesale data center in the state of Oregon, the company claimed.

Construction of the new T5@Portland facility is scheduled to begin in early 2013, with customer-ready data halls delivered in early fall of that year.

Hillsboro has become a hotbed for data-center construction. One of Intel’s major development facilities is housed here alongside a small data center, according to The Oregonian. Adobe Systems, VIAWest, Fortune Data, and Digital Realty Trust all have operations there, too. Further east is Google’s site in The Dalles.

“The Pacific Northwest is a well-established destination for enterprise users looking for safe, efficient data center solutions,” Pete Marin, president of T5, wrote in a statement. “Hillsboro offers the best combination of low taxes, low power costs, a reliable infrastructure and easy access for out-of-region companies.”

The mild climate can also be used as natural cooling, although the region has suffered a dry spell of unexpected length: no rain since June, although the first rains of fall are expected by Friday. More appealing is Oregon’s favorable tax climate, which includes local tax breaks.

T5, which has other data centers in Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Charlotte, said that the new T5 facility will include a hardened building shell that exceeds all seismic requirements, multiple generators for power redundancy, as well as redundant power feeds from the utility substation. Ultimately, the data center will deliver 12.25 megawatts of power with a power density up to 200 watts per square foot.


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