14 Jun, 2018

Event Recap: Lunch and Leads - Data Centers

Anne Morris

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On May 30, 2018, SMPS members gathered at Maggiano’s in Tysons, Virginia, with data center experts and representatives from some of the largest and most significant firms that are driving data center development and construction in the DC area. Members learned about current and future trends from three distinct yet connected perspectives: the owner, the builder, and the developer.

While each of these visions was presented from a different view point, the distinguished panel of speakers educated the audience about the intricate synergies between the various roles.

Topics of discussion included why Northern Virginia, and more specifically, Loudoun County, is home to such a significant and large contingent of data centers, and how our area compares to other data center clusters across the country.

Dan Ephraim, Vice President of Sales for Infomart Data Centers, spoke about the different entities on the owner side, which of those roles to prospect, and areas in which to collect requisite data. These areas included media and analytical sources, as well as events and associations specifically focused on data centers.

Ross Rebraca, Vice President of Technology for HITT Contracting, educated the audience about the different types of construction and specific procurement process for data centers while incorporating information about the relevant equipment systems. Ross also discussed the relevant contract vehicles pursuant to data center project procurement.

Allen Tucker, Managing Director and leader of the Mid-Atlantic Data Center Solutions practice for JLL, connected the different aspects of data center site development and procurement by providing significant and timely tracking data, a detailed history of the area’s data center development, and the underlying reasons as to how and why this particular Loudoun County corridor has evolved into what we now call Data Center Alley.

Allen’s presentation points ran the gamut from the site locations of all the major data center developers across the US to the regional and local providers. He also provided data comparing the top data center markets in the US with respect to size and market share, while maintaining a constant pulse point as to where Loudoun County falls within the various data benchmarks and forecasts.

The speakers capped off the event by engaging the audience in a vigorous Q&A session, which included a discussion of topics affecting the data center landscape and allowed the participants to flex their understanding of the significant issues that will push the boundaries of what data centers can and will be for our market.