A major development for Ascent’s DAL1 Data Center property in Plano, TX. Ascent has partnered with real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield’s Data Center Advisory Services to bring the data center to market. DAL1 offers unique enterprise-grade rack ready space in one of the country’s hottest data center markets. The purpose-built, EF5-hardened facility with protected infrastructure can withstand winds up to 360 mph. It has 2.7 megawatts of critical power, expandable up to 5.4 megawatts.

“Ascent has chosen Cushman & Wakefield because of its local data center team’s proven track record of success,” said Phil Horstmann, CEO of Ascent. “We look forward to working with the local Cushman & Wakefield team to solve for users’ data center needs that require physically robust and secure facilities in one of the fastest-growing tech markets in the country. We provide tenants with the necessary delivery and operational flexibility to safe guard their data as well as our personalized, around-the-clock support to meet their technical, operational and financial objectives.”

Since acquiring the DAL1 data center, Ascent has completed an engineering and construction overhaul of the purpose-built facility to deliver a highly reliable and efficient data center capable of supporting higher density deployments. Currently, the 43,300-square-foot facility boasts a 17,700-square-foot, server-ready data hall and offers expansion capability for up to 74,400 square feet for a total of 40,000 square feet of raised floor. The highly secure facility is outfitted with 15-inch reinforced concrete walls, a 13.5-inch reinforced concrete roof, blast doors and hardened infrastructure which is protected from wind and storm debris. 

“DAL1 offers a compelling opportunity for corporate end-users, data center operators, and cloud providers,” said Alex Smith, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield Data Center Advisory Services. “We look forward to working with Ascent and to contributing our global expertise to market its development.”

The timing is perfect for data center expansion in this part of the country.  Data center users and investors have flocked to the Dallas region for many reasons. “By 2030, Texas will become the largest ‘Mega Region,’ surpassing the Boston-New York-D.C. Mega Region in population,” said Rick Hughes, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield. “The recognition of the population explosion in Texas offers unique opportunities for data centers to be near the people they serve. Additionally, Dallas offers competitive, deregulated power and superior fiber connectivity, in the most business-friendly state in the Union.”