"According to Phil Horstmann, CEO of Ascent (a St. Louis-based provider of datacenter designs, operations and general solutions) has ""'¦been wanting to do something in St. Louis for a long time '” I have been eyeing the property for more than a decade, and this is our first speculative purpose-built data center in St. Louis."" And although Horstmann hasn't been eyeing this site since 1906, the area has been a hot-bed of cutting-edge technology for well over 100 years.
Circa 1906: Plans for the Wagner Electric Company's Wellston Plant - Near the New Data Center Site
SLT1 will feature Ascent's ""Dynamic Data Center Suite Model"" - a unique and ground-breaking part of the company's business model that provides clients with one of the most highly flexible and scalable datacenters in the business. The DDCSM is truly unique in the industry as the company helps the client in everything from the all-important low latency and downtime, but also with tax incentives and ways to make your data center easier to cool.
Flexibility in the industry is becoming the norm, but Ascent seems to go out of their way to have a great user / client experience from rack readiness to autonomous suites or shared infrastructure - Ascent's where keeping the customer satisfied appears to be job one.
SLT1 will already be tailored to the area's burgeoning biotech and life sciences industries, as well as the local start-ups that populate the area.
The company already owns and operates two data centers in Chicago, and plans to build three more in Phoenix and our own hometown of Denver, the company confirmed on Thursday, June 26th, 2014.
The newest facility - called STL1 - is slated for a Grand Opening in the summer of 2015, and will cost $85 million to build. STL1, a multi-tenant data center, will take up 15 acres of the greenbelt near St. Louis.
Development will begin near the Plymouth Industrial Park in Wellston, which is in close proxemics to a large amount of medical and academic research facilities - and a slew of businesses.
Additionally, by using Ascent's Dynamic Data Center Suite Model clients who are seeking enterprise-level solutions at a lower cost, will be able to find them at STL1. Plans also include 24-foot high ceilings and 40-foot column spacing. The facility will be 88,000 square feet, flexible and built out in phases.
Artistic Rendering of SLT1
According to Horstmann : ""We are in talks with potential tenants'¦ St. Louis has numerous Fortune 1000 based businesses, biotech and life sciences, financial services providers and start up tech companies.""
From what we can see, Ascent, seems to have to customer needs as Job No. One - we'll be watching the build out of this ground-breaking (literally and figuratively) data center, so please check back, and for all thing data center relation visit www.datacenters.com or call one of our experts at (877) 406-2248."