Quincy, Washington — an agricultural town near the Columbia River in central Washington — continues to attract technology companies in search of cheap power for massive data centers. The latest to arrive is Vantage Data Centers, a Santa Clara, California firm which announced this week that is has entered into a contract to purchase up to 63 acres near the town for a new environmentally-friendly data center facility and office complex.
Vantage said that it has already signed a lease with a “Fortune 50 leading manufacturing and technology company” for part of the space in Quincy. It did not disclose the name of the tenant.
Vantage is currently leasing data center space in Santa Clara, California, with the company saying that social media, gaming and cloud computing companies have leased space.
The new project in Quincy will be developed in several phases, with the first including a 133,000 square foot, 6MW data center. Subsequent phases could include a 105,000 square foot Enterprise Technology Center, which would include office space, conference facilities and data center. It will have room for up to 100 employees. A third phase could include an additional 235,000 square foot data center, making the entire complex one of the largest in the region.
Vantage plans to break ground on the first phase next month, with a completion date set for August 2012.
“Our Quincy facilities will surpass all expectations of today’s wholesale data centers and will be designed and developed with unprecedented collaboration between provider and end-user. In combination with Santa Clara, our customers will now be provided with global portfolio options for connectivity, network resources and immensely scalable, clean and green power,” said Jim Trout, chief executive of Vantage Data Centers.
Both Sabey and Dell Computer are pushing forward with data centers in Quincy, which also is the home to a large data center operated by Microsoft.