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NTT announces LEED-certified, seventh US campus

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NTT Ltd is developing its seventh US data centre campus in Phoenix, Arizona, a 240MW capacity site with data centre cores and shells built to LEED specifications.

Headed by NTT's Global Data Centers Americas division, the complete campus will include seven data centres and cover 1.5 million sq. ft., with a dedicated, on-site substation.

The first data centre will offer 36MW across six 6MW vaults and 126,000 sq. ft. of data floor space, suitable for deployments of all sizes.

Division CEO, Doug Adams, said: “The number of clients and major providers currently in the region, or set to be there soon, speaks to the fact that Phoenix has become a real data centre destination. We want to have a presence in the markets that make the most sense for our clients – Phoenix stood out as one of those markets, and the city of Mesa, in particular, was the perfect fit.”

The news followed a raft of US project developments from NTT year to date, including facilities in Chicago, Ill., and Hillsboro, Ore., as well as Santa Clara, Calif – on which there are more details in the next issue of Data Economy.

Due to open early 2022, Arizona will be the fourth US market for NTT since 2021, with the new campus located in Mesa, east of Phoenix.

Popular with data centre developers, NTT said the city has "more than 1,000 acres of shovel-ready property, a streamlined entitlement process, and competitive Foreign Trade Zone".

“Mesa is becoming one of the nation’s premier strategic hubs for companies like NTT, thanks to our affordable power and robust fibre network,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles.

“NTT has made an excellent decision in selecting our Elliot Road Tech corridor as the home for their new data centre campus.”

Developed by the US Green Boulding Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme first launched in 2000, with the data centre specifications developed since 2009.

The Phoenix campus will be built to LEED certified specifications for core and shell, meaning NTT controls the design and construction of the entire mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection system.

NTT said the design will "conserve energy and reduce water usage at each of the data centres". Renewable energy options will also be available for clients looking to further decrease their environmental impact.

Other industry names with LEED accredited data centres include Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple. Equinix opened the UK’s first LEED Gold accredited data centre, the US$79 million LD6, in 2015 and other early pioneers included IBM, Global Switch and Cisco.

President and board director for NTT Ltd., Masaaki Moribayashi (pictured) said: “We are pleased to take this next step in our US expansion plans with a new Phoenix campus. We’re continuing to show all of our clients who would like to accelerate their business growth through digital transformation that we’re committed to growing our global portfolio to better serve them and their business goals.”

 

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