Manassas, VA — Kansas City-based Kessinger/Hunter & Co. LC has been selected as Iron Mountain Inc.’s development partner for a 150,000-square-foot data center — the first phase of a $441 million data center campus in Manassas, Va.
The announcement came as Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), a global leader in storage and information management services, began work on the 83-acre campus, which will provide 60 megawatts of capacity spread across at least four individual colocation facilities.
The first building, expected to open in the summer, will offer 10.5 megawatts of critical power and a flexible design to meet the exacting requirements of cloud services providers, federal government agencies, systems integrators, financial services firms and health care companies. The purpose-built data center will be built to Uptime Tier III construction standards for critical infrastructure design and availability.
“We are excited to have construction underway in Northern Virginia on what we believe will be one of the market’s most compelling data center offerings,” Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager of Iron Mountain Data Centers, said in a release. “Kessinger/Hunter is a long-standing partner of ours and understands the premium we place on security and reliability in our data centers. When completed, our Manassas campus will deliver superior physical security, lower power costs and a reduced tax structure compared to locations nationally, without sacrificing performance, meeting our customers’ high standards.”
In the past, Kessinger/Hunter has developed about 45 Iron Mountain archive storage facilities totaling about 6 million square feet in 15 states and four foreign countries, principal Chuck Hunter said in a previous interview.
The Kessinger/Hunter development team of Hunter, John DeHardt and Kevin Curtin will oversee the new data center development and land infrastructure improvements and has engaged several fellow Kansas City-based companies in conjunction with the project. They include JE Dunn Construction; Burns & McDonnell; UMB Bank, which will provide building financing; and Bank of Blue Valley, which will provide land infrastructure financing.
“Iron Mountain’s choice of Kessinger/Hunter as the developer of such a large, complex and critical project is a testament to our partnership and an important achievement in our 137-year history,” Hunter said in the release. “It could not have been achieved without the dedication, hard work, and knowledge of our wonderful associates.”