IDC Architects has been selected to expand a Santa Clara, California data center facility for QTS (Quality Technology Services), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and managed services. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm. IDC Architects is a leading data center design firm that has gained international recognition for its innovative facility designs, including groundbreaking modular data center concepts for other industry leaders that dramatically reduce energy consumption, operational costs, and up-front capital expenses.

The Santa Clara phase 1 expansion will provide up to an additional 55,000 sq ft of data center space and eight megawatts of power to Silicon Valley businesses. The new expansion will provide customers industry-leading design, energy efficiency, and SAS-70 type II certification. QTS' new Santa Clara new facility will be ready for occupancy in 2011.

The new expansion is the result of continued interest in data center space overall and in the Northern California area specifically. Customers across a broad spectrum of business, including Web 2.0, media and entertainment, and multi-national corporations, are represented within QTS' current Santa Clara facility. The company has seen continued growth in interest for high-quality, outsourced data center facilities, prompting this most recent expansion.

"QTS selected IDC Architects because this firm has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to lead the way with the kind of creative performance enhancement that the data center market thrives on," said Chad Williams, chief executive officer of QTS. "As we continue to make prudent acquisitions and expansions, we need the creative talents of companies like IDC Architects to help us provide the best possible facilities to customers and make a positive impact on our community.”

"This new project for QTS hits the sweet spot of what we do well for our data center clients,” said IDC Architects president Tim Meier. “The high level of activity we’ve had in this market in recent years has given us tremendous insight into the expectations our clients have for better performance, higher speed, and greater cost savings. It’s exciting to be part of an industry that’s eager to shape its future rather than simply react to it. We’re proud to be part of that dynamic process.”