Skybox Datacenters building wholesale data center in Plano market

Skybox Datacenters has begun building Skybox Legacy, a multi-phase, 21-acre campus located in the Legacy submarket of Plano, Texas, the company said.

The first phase of this expansive development is a 150,000-square-foot, 25-megawatt, purpose-built data center that will be delivered in October of 2016.

Skybox Legacy will benefit from access to Dallas´s robust fiber-optic backbone due to its proximity to multiple data centers and 19 million square feet of Class A office space, making it ideal for local and national users. The campus´s immediate access to the Dallas North Tollway, Sam Rayburn Tollway and Highway 289 provides easy access to DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, all northern Dallas office submarkets and Dallas´s central business district.

The first phase of the project, Skybox Legacy One, will offer initial power delivery of 25 megawatts, dual-fed from two separate substations located at Communications & Tennyson Parkways, with campus expansion capacity of up to 350,000 SF and 60-megawatts in one or more facilities. Power is delivered to the campus via dual, underground concrete-encased duct banks from two independent and geographically diverse Oncor substations.

Data halls within the facility can be completely column-free with adjacent dedicated power and cooling distribution galleries close to the server loads. Legacy One will also be one of the only data centers in Texas that qualifies for House Bill 1223, which can provide industry-leading data center sales and use tax abatements for large data center users across their servers, power, infrastructure and operations.

Skybox Legacy is located on an extremely secure site situated well above the 100 and 500-year flood zones. The facility is designed to a LEED Silver standard and features a six-inch concrete roof deck designed to withstand 190-mph winds. The combination of a convenient and secure location, hardened structure and intelligent expansion provides clients a total value proposition for large-scale wholesale data centers, which is unique to Texas.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held on March 29.

Skybox Datacenters is a data center owner, operator and developer headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that focuses on purpose-built facilities exclusively in the wholesale segment of the market and is capable of deploying on speculative or build-to-suit projects. It is a joint venture between Rugen Street Capital and Bandera Ventures.