With technological innovation in cities comes a lot of great things, ideally — new jobs, real estate demand, an economic boom for local businesses … and new and expanded data centers. To the everyday citizens of these forward-thinking cities, data centers may not be the most obvious side effect, but these facilities are certainly being built and bolstered behind the scenes to power the exciting tech advances underway.

Here’s a prime example — DataBank is expanding its Pittsburgh data center (PIT1), a powerful hub for interconnection. PIT1 is at the center of autonomous vehicle development, engineering and testing and home to premier research facilities at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. It’s one of DataBank’s 15 data centers in 8 markets (most of which are edge).

“We are seeing continued demand from customers seeking edge access to the rich interconnection ecosystem we offer at our Pittsburgh data center,” explained Kevin Ooley, President and CFO for DataBank. “We believe expanding in our existing building envelope will allow us to provide high quality, enterprise grade colocation space in close proximity to our diverse carrier ecosystem.”

Here are the details on the expansion:

  • Will add 10,000 square feet of raised floor and 1.5MW of redundant power and be located directly adjacent to the existing 10,000-square-foot data center site
  • Will be ready for service in Q4 2018
  • PIT1 is located inside Nova Place, a technology center in the heart of Pittsburgh’s North Side

Read the full press release here and check out the technical specs on PIT1 here. To keep track of DataBank’s rapid growth, follow the company on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.