Award: Data center campus
Value: $1.9 billion
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Client: EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure
EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure, a Broomfield, Colorado-based data center developer, owner and operator, selected Atlanta-based Holder Construction to build its $1.9 billion data center campus in Mesa, Arizona, according to an email shared with Construction Dive.
Once complete, the water-neutral campus in Mesa will reach the capability to support a minimum of 450 megawatts of critical load and will be engineered to meet current and future customer requirements across 3.1 million square feet of space. The campus already currently has one operational data center, according to an EdgeCore release.
To fund the scalable development, EdgeCore recently completed a $1.9 billion debt financing transaction, according to the data center operator.
The campus regulates temperatures using an air-cooled design along with a closed-loop chilled water system, according to EdgeCore. That means the facility will achieve a benchmark water usage effectiveness rating of nearly zero and a power usage effectiveness rating surpassing the industry average. That’s important since data center projects, especially in desert environments like Arizona, are often seen as water-guzzlers.
Mesa has experienced a surge in data center construction lately, largely due to the region’s few natural disaster risks, low utility costs and an overall business-friendly environment.
For example, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, selected DPR Construction last month to build its $1 billion data center in Mesa. Meanwhile, Google also plans to build a $600 million data center facility there. Other projects nearby include two semiconductor fabs worth $20 billion in Chandler, Arizona.