DC Blox has announced it is expanding its data center in Birmingham, Alabama.

The colocation and services company will be adding an additional 1MW of power capacity to the Tier III-certified facility and work is expected to be complete in May 2021.

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Birmingham Ironworks expands

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The Birmingham facility, located close to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, currently measures 31,000 square foot (2,800 sq m) and has 5MW of critical load.

The additional load will supplied by redundant feeds to each customer cabinet with dual UPS (universal power supply) and diesel generator backup systems, and will add 135 tons of cooling capacity. The site is reportedly expandable up to 200,000 sq ft (18,500 sqm) and 60MW of load.

“DC Blox is pleased with the growing demand for our Birmingham data center. Alabama businesses and government entities are taking advantage of our reliable facilities and are benefiting from outsourcing the management of their critical infrastructure, which is proving even more valuable during the pandemic,” comments Mark Masi, Chief Operating Officer of DC Blox.

The site was originally the Ingalls Ironworks and built in 1910, with DC Blox’s first phase of data center construction starting in 2019. DC Blox predicts it will make a total investment of around $785 million in the facility over the next decade.

The company also has data centers in Atlanta, Georgia; Huntsville, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and one in development in Greenville, South Carolina.