American Real Estate Partners (AREP) has quietly launched a new data center division called PowerHouse Data Centers.

AREP this week announced Luke Kipfer as Vice President of Data Center Development and Construction and Jarrett Appleby to Data Center Strategy Consultant and Senior Advisor of the new company, which appears to have launched a couple of months ago.

PowerHouse's Pacific campus in Sterling – PowerHouse | AREP

According to AREP, PowerHouse develops, owns, and operates ‘next-generation data centers and technical real estate solutions for hyperscalers’ in Northern Virginia.

The company seems to be the joint venture AREP announced in January 2022 in partnership with Harrison Street. At the time, the companies hadn’t named the JV or revealed the specifications of its planned developments.

According to the recently-launched PowerHouse site, the company is planning developments on three sites across Northern Virginia. Six buildings are currently in planning or underway totaling 2.1 million sq ft (195,100 sqm) and up to 338MW of critical power.

Sat on 10 acres and already under construction, ABX-1 will comprise one two-story 265,000 sq ft (25,000 sqm) building. Located at 21529 Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn, the first 15MW will launch in 2023; at full build-out at the end of 2023, the facility will offer 45MW across six data halls. The site is reportedly expandable up to 80MW.

PowerHouse's ABX1 site in Ashburn – PowerHouse | AREP

Harrison Street and AREP acquired 21445 Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn, Virginia for $21.5 million in January 2021. The two companies said at the time they planned to build a two-story, 265,000 sq ft powered shell data center on the 10.3-acre plot, which was previously owned by Chirisa Investments. Chirisa had bought the site in 2018 and had planned to build a 280,000 sq ft (26,000 sqm), 30MW data center.

On Sterling’s Pacific Boulevard, PowerHouse Pacific will comprise three three-story buildings comprising 24 data halls across 1.1 million sq ft (102,200 sqm). Construction is due to start in 2024 and complete in 2024/2025; the site will offer 265 MW.

The Pacific campus was previously part of the former AOL headquarters and most recently used by Yahoo!. Yahoo Inc. and Oath sold the 43.3-acre property to Pacific Ashburn Campus LLC in December for $136 million.

Sat on 23 acres in Arcola’s Arcola Boulevard, PowerHouse Arcola will comprise two two-story buildings and 12 data halls across 614,300 sq ft (57,070 sqm). The buildings will offer 54MW and 66 MW. Construction is due to begin in April 2024 and end in 2025, with the second building finished in 2026.

Before joining AREP, Kipfer was Regional Director at Direct Line Global and Director of Construction at Markley Group. Appleby has held a number of senior executive positions including chief operating officer of Digital Realty and Coresite Realty and chief marketing officer (CMO) of Equinix. Currently, he is the CEO of Appleby Strategy Group, a digital infrastructure advisory group that works with leading private equity and technology companies. Appleby has also served as the Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group for the last four years.

PowerHouse's Arcola campus – PowerHouse | AREP

“We are thrilled to welcome Luke and Jarrett to the PowerHouse Data Centers team, their expertise is a central differentiator from our competition,” said Doug Fleit, co-founder and CEO of AREP. “This is an exciting time for PowerHouse. We intentionally brought them on at the beginning stages to be part of developing and establishing our custom solutions that empower hyperscalers with accelerated speed to market, robust connectivity, and dedicated power while bypassing limited land and leasing challenges in Data Center Alley.”

Harrison Street has a number of data centers under its ownership. January 2021 saw Harrison Street acquire the Pittock Block carrier hotel in Portland, Oregon, for $326 million alongside 1547, and in November 2021 it acquired CIM Group’s stake in four US data centers co-owned with 1547.

Harrison and 1547 have completed a number of data center deals together; the two companies previously acquired the Wells Building carrier hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for $7.25 million in 2020.

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