T5 Data Centers announce expansion into Chicago suburbs with new 480MW data centre campus

T5 Data Centers announce expansion into Chicago suburbs with new 480MW data centre campus

T5 Data Centers (T5), a data centre ‘Forever On’ capacity and services provider, has announced plans to significantly expand its footprint with the development of a new data centre campus in Grayslake, Illinois, about 40 miles North-West of Chicago.

The 160-acre site will support up to 480MW of critical IT capacity across multiple data centre buildings.

T5 will offer customers build-to-suit data centre capacity options ranging from powered shell to full turnkey delivery with integration of T5’s construction and operations services.

“The new Grayslake campus represents a major investment by T5 to meet the growing demand for large-scale data centre capacity to support cloud and Artificial Intelligence workloads,” said David Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Head of Leasing, T5 Data Centers.

“The site’s location is perfectly positioned between major data centre hubs of the Northern Chicago suburbs and South-Eastern Wisconsin, which provides an ideal connection point. The Chicago land market continues to be one of the premier markets to build and operate data centres because of the attractive tax incentives, labour pool, established connectivity and power availability,” added Horowitz.

Already zoned for data centre use, development will begin immediately, targeting the first 60MW of data centre capacity in Q4 2027.

An on-site electrical substation will provide efficient and redundant utility power.

“The amount of power at this site, combined with T5’s customer-focused approach to data centre development, will greatly benefit our customers,” said Horowitz. “T5’s data centre business is structured to support our customer’s design, build and fit out preferences and uniquely allows them to select the operations model that best fits their business requirements now and as they evolve in the future.”

Pete Marin, President and CEO, T5 Data Centers, said: “Our Grayslake campus highlights T5’s vision to provide our customers’ large-scale data centre capacity with flexibility and integrated services to meet their requirements. Our team’s strong track record of managing the execution and operational risk, strengthens our customer’s confidence that T5 will safely deliver on our commitments to schedule, cost and performance.

“As the data centre industry continues its rapid growth, we see the scale and efficiencies of large, powered campuses being critical to meet the capacity requirements of the biggest cloud and AI providers. Which is why we’re thrilled to bring Grayslake to the market today,” added Marin.

The Grayslake development is part of T5’s strategy to concentrate its data centre development to a short list of large-scale campuses while continuing to provide construction services and facilities management across US and Europe to serve the needs of their target customers wherever they are located.

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