Digital Realty

Franklin Park, Illinois

The owner of one of the largest data centers in Chicago, Digital Realty Trust (DLR) saw an opportunity for developing another large-scale data center closer to the suburban market. Through ESD’s Consulting practice,  Data Center Development Services (DCDS) offering, ESD was brought in to this project to evaluate the feasibility of turning this industrial park into a modern data center campus. Analysis of the site’s power capacity and structure validated its suitability as a data center campus, capable of supporting 80 MW of power and 575,000 sf of data center infrastructure.

DLR began investigating the market and requested that we further evaluate the site based upon their campus criteria. ESD performed a DCDS report and master plan for the site including campus capacity for two additional facilities.

Our partnership with DLR continued as we were hired as the prime consultant for the high-tech data center campus. We led the design and construction team through the retrofit of multiple building shell and core projects and the design of multiple data centers to support the client's wholesale data center offering.