DC BLOX starts building $200m South Carolina data centre

06 April 2021 | Antony Savvas

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DC BLOX has started the construction of its $200 million Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina data centre, as it continues its southern US expansion.

Greenville is set upon an 8.5-acre campus in the Global Business Park off of Interstate 85. After full build-out the facility will feature six data halls with 54,000 sq ft of data centre space, with a critical load capable of supporting 18MW of power. It will also feature around 7,000 sq ft of secure storage and shared office space.

Initially, the site will employ five staff and will see an expected investment of “over $200 million” combined between DC BLOX and its tenant customers over the next few years, said the firm.

The facility is designed to Uptime Institute Tier III standards and will be capable of protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), providing enterprises and government entities throughout South Carolina with a highly secure and inter-connected data centre, DC BLOX said.

With an initial capacity of 1MW of critical IT load, the first phase of Greenville is set to be completed by the third quarter of 2021.

Greenville will offer access to DC BLOX’s private and redundant carrier-grade mesh-network, inter-connecting the company’s portfolio of data centres in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Chattanooga, TN and Huntsville, AL.

“Businesses in South Carolina adopting digital transformation strategies are set to have access to the most reliable and inter-connected facility in the state,” said Mark Masi, chief operating officer of DC BLOX. “Whether it’s a prime location, cloud storage, disaster recovery or an expanded data centre footprint they want, firms can leverage reliable and efficient services and private, high-speed, low latency network access to cloud providers and applications at scale.”

“DC BLOX brings good-paying jobs and significant capital investment to Greenville County,” added Willis Meadows, Greenville County Council chairman and Greenville Area Development Corporation board member. “The data centre will help Greenville accelerate economic growth and build on our reputation as a world-class technology destination.”

Last month, DC BLOX secured $187 million in long-term financing led by Post Road Group and Bain Capital Credit. The company said the cash will be used to refinance its existing credit facilities, add liquidity to its balance sheet and provide additional capital to fund continued investments in existing and new data centre capacity.