Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), Chicago, a specialist in mission critical facilities, has been awarded a contract to design Server Farm Realty's 440,000-square-foot data center/electronic trading facility in Chicago's south loop. The new facility will combine an electronic trading environment offering 30W per square foot with over 130,000 square feet of data center space designed at 150W per square foot. Previously owned by Northern Trust, the property was upgraded to support data center space prior to the Server Farm acquisition. The facility will be supported by over 32MW of power ultimately, and be backed up by over twenty 2,500 kW generators. The new data center/electronic trading facility will be ready for initial occupancy in September.

“The electronic trading industry is perhaps the hottest market in Chicago, complemented by pent-up demand within the data center market,” said Paul Schlattman, V.P. of ESD Mission Critical Facilities. “This unique site near downtown Chicago provides the best of both worlds. And it offers the reliability that is so critical to data center owners along with the low latency that is essential for the electronic trading community.” Avner Papouchado, president, Server Farm Realty, said, “The timing of this project is perfect, especially when considering that there is no space available in Chicago for new data center customers. In addition, we are designing space that far exceeds our competition in regards to efficiency and quality.”

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