Iron Mountain expands its Northern Virginia data centre

Iron Mountain expands its Northern Virginia data centre

10 December 2019 | Abigail Opiah

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Iron Mountain’s Manassas data centre campus is undergoing an expansion as construction of its facility called VA-2 is underway.

The company is expanding the facility in a bid to support the continued demands it receives from its new and existing customers in the market.

Iron Mountain opened its first building on the campus, VA-1, in September 2017. The facility located in Prince William County and boosted 165,000 sqf and 10.5MW of power when it first opened.

The company invested approximately $100m to establish a presence in Northern Virginia, which has braved the title of the largest data centre market in the world.

At the time, the company stated they expected to invest over $350m in the campus. The new building alone represents an incremental $225m when fully built out, according to the company.

“I am pleased to see Iron Mountain expanding their capacity for data storage by moving into phase two of their building plan,” said Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

“As a pioneer in the data centre industry, having Iron Mountain choose Prince William County over other Northern Virginia jurisdictions speaks volumes about the county’s successful economic development strategy.

“I look forward to continuing our work with Iron Mountain as both a business and community partner.”

Iron Mountain’s expansion in Manassas supports the contribution to job growth in the county, with the company revealing it is set to employ nearly 50 people at the campus.

“Iron Mountain is a change agent in the data centre world. We’re proud to say it starts in Prince William County,” said Christina Winn, Executive Director, Prince William County Economic Development Department.

“In its Prince William County Campus, the data centre leader has made space for data centre customers to expand their footprint and provide office and storage space for more than 100 workers.

“This data centre model brings more jobs into Prince William County and is beneficial for the industry, taxpayers, and commuters.”

As it stands, VA-1 on an average day has nearly 100 of Iron Mountain’s customers and vendors work out of that building, and the company anticipates that this trend will continue.

“On behalf of the Prince William Chamber, I wish to congratulate Iron Mountain data centre on their expansion and the creation of local jobs,” said Debbie Jones, Prince William County Chamber President and CEO.

The Iron Mountain data centre staff have been a wonderful addition and extremely supportive of our community. We are strong supporters of the data centre industry.”

Iron Mountain expects to complete development on the first phase of VA-2 in the first quarter of 2020.