QTS aims to triple data center space in Henrico

By J. Elias O’Neal | Richmond BizSense

The race to increase data center capacity in Henrico County’s White Oak Technology Park appears to be escalating as a long-time tenant QTS prepares to triple its footprint. QTS Data Centers is planning to expand its existing campus on the eastern side by adding an additional 1.2 million square feet while also introducing another development on the property – Project Issac.

The proposed expansion project involves the construction of around 1.2 million square feet of new data center space, rising in-between QTS’ existing 1.3 million-square-foot campus and the Facebook data center site under construction. According to site plans for the QTS expansion project, the project is calling for three 330,000-square-foot data center buildings, and a 165,000-square-foot data facility.

Project Issac is set to rise on about 73 acres south of the QTS campus along Portugee Road. QTS submitted preliminary plans for the project in March to build a 710,000-square-foot data center building on county-owned property. However, the firm has added an additional 355,000-square-foot data center building to the mix, bringing the total amount of new data center development for Project Issac to 1.1 million square feet.

While these two QTS projects are separate, between the firm’s eastern campus expansion and Project Isaac, QTS is set to deliver about 2.3 million square feet of new data center space to the region.

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