A data center will be built at the Lonesome Pine Regional Business & Technology Park in Wise County, creating 30 jobs, the company announced on Thursday.
DP Facilities Inc., headquartered in Long Island, N.Y., will build the 65,000-square-foot Mineral Gap facility at a 22-acre site in the county’s economic development park area, located near Lonesome Pine Airport not far from the town of Wise and the campus of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, with a completion date set for the fall of 2016.
Mineral Gap at DP Facilities South said the facility will be designed, constructed and operated according to Uptime Institute Tier III specifications. The facility will accommodate a variety of tenants in high- and low-density rack configurations in multiple data halls, the company said.
According to its website, the company designs and builds what are referred to in telecommunications industry lingo as “carrier hotels,” essentially data storage and every other aspect of data center infrastructure elements that are “mission critical data centers” for clients.
“We are pleased to announce the construction of our colocation facility in Wise. The site is well positioned with ample power, good climate, and there are significant advantages for job creation with the proximity and growth of the (UVa-Wise) campus nearby,” said DP Facilities CEO Mark Gerard. A developer, owner and builder of “carrier hotels,” he has served as president of DP Facilities since 1983 with over 30 years’ experience in all elements of data center design, development and operations.
“In addition to using local resources during construction, the project will bring over 30 permanent jobs in technology, facilities management and security to the region to serve the needs of our clients,” Gerard said in the company’s press release.
Who is DP Facilities?
DP Facilities, Inc. (www.dpfacilities.com) is a data center colocation provider and services firm that has worked in data center design, construction, management, development and operational support services for several decades and has also built and owned data centers for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2000, DPF principals expanded to joint ventures in real estate development and ownership of data center and carrier neutral telecom hotel facilities.
The company said its principals have over 60 years of collective experience in data centers, colocation facilities, telecommunications and network operations and can provide design/build data center services as well as space in Tier III+ colocation data center projects to address any client’s data storage needs.