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Future-Proofing Infrastructure: How Build-To-Suit Data Centers Adapt To Hypergrowth

In an era defined by rapid technological advancements and an insatiable demand for data processing, build-to-suit data centers are emerging as the cornerstone of resilient digital infrastructure. These custom-designed facilities, tailored to the unique requirements of businesses, embody flexibility, scalability, and efficiency—qualities essential for navigating the evolving needs of hypergrowth in the digital domain.

The rise of generative AI and the transition towards green energy underscore the need for innovative data centers that can adapt to these new realities. The JLL Data Center 2024 Global Outlook report highlights the significant impact of AI on data center design, site selection, and investment approach, necessitating advanced solutions that are more environmentally friendly like liquid cooling to support the high demands of AI and high-performance computing. These challenges necessitate a forward-looking approach to data center development, emphasizing sustainability, efficiency, performance, and the ability to rapidly scale.

At the heart of build-to-suit data centers is their ability to cater specifically to each client’s unique requirements. This customization covers every aspect of the data center, from power and cooling infrastructure to security and network services, ensuring hyperscalers can achieve optimal performance and reliability. With the capacity to support high-density racks necessary for AI and high-performance computing, build-to-suit solutions are perfectly aligned with the needs of hyperscalers, who require facilities that can adapt rapidly to technological advancements and scaling needs.

The build-to-suit data center model offers companies deploying large-scale digital infrastructure solutions a flexible and cost-effective solution to scale with their evolving needs without the heavy initial investment that traditional data centers require. Developers handle the acquisition and construction costs, including the essential infrastructure, allowing tenants to focus on their internal setup. This scalability is crucial as the generative AI market – which requires large-scale digital deployments – is predicted by Bloomberg Intelligence to expand to $1.3 trillion in the next decade, drives data demand. Furthermore, the emphasis on energy-efficient designs and operations in build-to-suit data centers, including advanced cooling technologies like liquid cooling, helps companies optimize their power usage effectiveness (PUE) and reduce operational costs, with liquid cooling showing potential for up to 90% reductions in power usage according to the JLL report.

Case Study: Build-to-Suit Data Center Opportunity at 1547’s Chester County, Pennsylvania Site

A prime example of these principles in action is 1547 Realty’s property in Chester County, Pennsylvania. With an initial 290 MW of committed power and more than two million square feet of designed data center space, this site is designed to meet the growing needs of the entire ecosystem including AI, ML, super compute, hyperscale and technology-driven enterprises. With exceptional fiber connectivity, Pennsylvania’s tax incentive programs specifically for data centers, and a commitment to sustainable practices make this location an ideal choice for companies looking to enhance their data infrastructure in an environmentally responsible manner.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, build-to-suit data centers like those offered by 1547 Critical Systems Realty are at the forefront of providing scalable, efficient, sustainable, and customized solutions to meet the complex demands of large-scale digital infrastructure deployments. The Chester County campus, with its robust infrastructure and strategic advantages, stands as a testament to 1547’s commitment to driving the future of data center development.