Compass Datacenters is beginning construction of its first data center in Loudoun County, Virginia. The 6MW building is on Compass' Loudoun campus, which is planned for 500,000 square feet and 75MW of critical IT capacity.
"Northern Virginia is one of the most dynamic data center markets in the world. Over the past several months, we've been working diligently on the site preparing pads for the first building," said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters. "We have now begun construction on the first data center, with subsequent buildings to follow."
Compass Datacenters has worked closely with Loudoun County on each step in the process, initial site selection, acquisition, permitting and master planning. The company is a leader in low-impact design, construction and operations, all of which align with the communities' land use goals.
"Data centers are a major driver of our economy, and I'm thrilled to see Compass breaking ground on the first building of their Loudoun campus," said Buddy Rizer, executive director of Loudoun County Economic Development. "Compass has been a great community partner and has been a responsible and responsive leader in their approach and design toward development. Compass is a world-class operator, and we're very excited to watch them grow in the world's most dynamic data center market."
Compass Datacenters' campus strategy is the natural evolution of its traditional business model, which was focused on wholesale core data centers, optimized for cost, quality and fast delivery. Compass optimized data center delivery in its 1.2MW increment and is now applying those same design principles to the campus model, achieving industry-leading delivery timeframes and cost-efficiency in the process.
"Our Northern Virginia data center campus is part of a strategic initiative to develop Compass campuses in high-demand cloud and hyperscale markets," Crosby added. "In addition to construction beginning on our Loudoun campus, we also recently procured land in Phoenix and two other major markets to continue our campus development strategy."