16 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
CoreSite is to build a second data centre in Chicago, close to its existing data centre in the city, at a cost of up to $210 million.
The company’s CH2
centre will be on four floors, eventually supporting 18MW of
power capacity, connected by diverse dark fibre to the existing
"We are pleased to have acquired land in downtown Chicago,
providing us with much-needed capacity to serve new and
expansion requirements of current and prospective customers in
the fifth largest multi-tenant data centre market in North
America," said CoreSite CEO Paul Szurek.
"We expect CH2 to enhance our ability to compete effectively in
the Chicago market for customer requirements seeking a high
performance, cloud-enabled and scalable, higher density
The new centre will be built about a mile from the existing
CH1, said the company. CoreSite expects to start construction
at the end of 2018 or early next year, after it receives the
required permits. It will be built in three phases of 6MW each,
It will be connected to AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure
ExpressRoute and Google Cloud Platform as well as other
CoreSite’s CH1 is in central Chicago, in the
Telegraph Building in LaSalle Street, close to the Board of
Trade. The Carlyle group bought the building in 2007 for $34
million. It provides access to low-latency connections for the
many financial, healthcare and media companies deployed within
the colocation site.
At the time of sale, the Telegraph Building was said to be
165,000 square feet. CoreSite says CH2 will be slightly bigger,
at 175,000 square feet (16,250 square metres).