Data Foundry, a provider of wholesale and retail data center outsourcing, collocation, and disaster recovery services, today announced plans for a new 250,000-sq-ft master-planned greenfield data center development in Austin. Construction on the first phase of the $150,000,000 data center will begin in July, with a projected completion date in Q2 2011. The new facility will become the only purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center in the central Texas region.

“We performed extensive site research to locate an existing building in Austin that might suit the needs for our next site”

Increasing customer demand for the company’s services inspired the company to move forward with their construction plans. Austin remains a sought-after location for data centers due to its low incidence of natural disasters and reliable, cost effective power available through the state’s independent power grid. Austin’s reputation as a major technology center also ensures access to a broad base of well-qualified employees for the new data center.

The new development will have the ability to deliver over 100 MW of power, pulling power from two independent sub-stations, and offering end-to-end underground power supply. Its flexible design will support customers from a single cabinet up to multi-megawatt deployments. Maintaining a carrier-neutral approach, which enables customers to connect with all major carriers, is also a key design element.

“We performed extensive site research to locate an existing building in Austin that might suit the needs for our next site,” said Ed Henigin, chief technology officer of Data Foundry. “It became clear that retrofitting an existing building would not allow us to deliver the high level of service that we envision for our new data center, so we have chosen to build from the ground up. We are very excited to be constructing Austin’s first world-class Greenfield data center.”

Design of the new data center will be handled by Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. CCG Facilities Integration, an engineering/architecture, program management and technology consulting firm specializing in the mission-critical industry, will provide engineering services for the project. The facility is being built by Holder Construction Company, a leading data center builder across Texas and the U.S. For more information about the project,