Skybox Datacenters Breaks Ground on Large Wholesale Data Center in Plano Market

Skybox Datacenters has commenced construction on Skybox Legacy, a multi-phase, 21-acre campus located in the prestigious Legacy submarket of Plano, Texas. The first phase of this expansive data center development is a 150,000-square-foot, 25-megawatt, purpose-built data center that will be delivered in October of 2016.

The first phase of the project, Skybox Legacy One, will offer initial power delivery of 25 megawatts, dual-fed from two separate substations located at Communications & Tennyson Parkways, with campus expansion capacity of up to 350,000 square feet and 60-megawatts in one or more data center facilities. Power is delivered to the data center campus via dual, underground concrete-encased duct banks from two independent and geographically diverse Oncor substations.

“The demand for large data center environments continues to grow here in North Texas at a pace greater than the market can supply,” said Curt Holcomb, Executive Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Data Center Solutions practice. “We believe users see the value in space that is readily available when they are comparing their options against other markets nationally. Texas continues to benefit from our ability to build quickly when compared against other Tier-1 markets.”

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The first phase of this expansive data center development is a 150,000-square-foot, 25-megawatt, purpose-built data center that will be delivered in October of 2016.

Skybox Legacy is located on a site situated well above the 100 and 500-year flood zones. The data center facility is designed to a LEED Silver standard and features a six-inch concrete roof deck designed to withstand 190-mph winds.

Skybox Legacy would benefit from access to Dallas’ robust fiber-optic backbone due to its proximity to multiple data centers and 19 million square feet of Class A office space. The campus’ immediate access to the Dallas North Tollway, Sam Rayburn Tollway and Highway 289 would provide easy access to DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, all northern Dallas office submarkets and Dallas’ central business district.

“The recent announcements of major corporate arrivals like Toyota, Liberty Mutual, FedEx Office, Fannie Mae, JP Morgan Chase and expansions of Pizza Hut, Capital One, and Nokia will bring more than 18,000 jobs in the next few years,” said City of Plano Mayor, Harry LaRosiliere. “This has a multiplier effect and has attracted a major data center provider like Skybox Datacenters to Plano’s Legacy Business Park. We look forward to their addition in our community.”

Tax Abatements

Data halls within the facility can be completely column-free with adjacent dedicated power and cooling distribution galleries close to the server loads. Legacy One will also qualify for House Bill 1223, which can provide data center sales and use tax abatements for large data center users across their servers, power, infrastructure and operations.

“We believe there is incredible untapped potential when it comes to Texas, House Bill 1223 and large purpose-built data centers,” said Rob Morris, Managing Partner, Skybox Datacenters. “Skybox is excited about the possibilities here for large users, integrators and cloud providers that want to operate in one of the most populous states in the country while maintaining an extremely low and nationally competitive total cost of operations.”