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PowerHouse Data Centers Wins Prestigious NVTC Award for ABX-1 Data Center Project

PowerHouse Data Centers has been honored at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Data Center Awards. In association with parent company AREP and investment partner Harrison Street, PowerHouse received the 2024 Best Construction Project Award for its innovative ABX-1 data center located in Loudoun County—a build that exemplifies cutting-edge design and sustainability in the heart of one of the world’s most significant data center hubs, Data Center Alley.

The NVTC Data Center Awards, now in their fifth year, recognize and celebrate significant achievements and advancements in the data center fields within the region, which is known globally for its heavy concentration of data infrastructure. This year’s ceremony highlighted the role of visionary companies like PowerHouse in driving forward the digital infrastructure industry in Northern Virginia.

All About ABX-1
ABX-1, the project that clinched the award for PowerHouse, is a pioneering development, offering a two-story, 265,000 square foot powered shell that is engineered to support high-demand and low latency. The facility not only caters to the immediate needs of hyperscalers and operators but also demonstrates a robust commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. 

The ABX-1 facility, now leased to CyrusOne, features an on-site 300MW electrical substation capable of delivering up to 80 MW of power, ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply for the most intensive users. Its strategic location not only provides optimal connectivity through direct access to one of the densest fiber networks globally but also offers zero-mile, low-latency connections to major cloud platforms and internet exchanges.

In the awards judging, the construction of ABX-1 was noted for its adherence to sustainable building practices. PowerHouse Data Centers and its construction partner, DPR Construction, implemented measures such as recycling 387 tons of building metals and repurposing approximately 10,780 tons of concrete from a previous structure on the site. These efforts significantly minimized the environmental impact associated with the development of new infrastructure.

NVTC Awards In Depth
NVTC is a membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia and is recognized as one of the nation’s largest technology councils, serving the needs of companies, organizations, and government agencies involved in all sectors of the technology industry in Northern Virginia and beyond. This includes a wide array of service providers, law firms, consulting companies, and major data center operators.

A signature event for NVTC is its annual Data Center Awards. These awards aim to celebrate the significant accomplishments and innovations within the region’s data center industry, which is the largest in the world. The awards highlight achievements across various categories, such as sustainability, community benefit, and technological advancement, showcasing companies that are leading the way in data center design, construction, and operation.

These awards are significant because they not only recognize outstanding performance and innovation but also help to foster a competitive environment that encourages continuous improvement among data center operators. This is particularly crucial in Northern Virginia, where the concentration of data centers is critical to the global internet infrastructure. The recognition by NVTC not only elevates the status of the awardees but also enhances the region’s reputation as a global leader in data center technology, attracting further investments and talent to the area.

As Northern Virginia continues to solidify its status as a critical node in the global data network, projects like ABX-1 play a pivotal role in shaping the region’s economic and technological landscape. With the NVTC Data Center Awards shining a spotlight on industry leaders, PowerHouse Data Centers is poised to continue its trajectory of growth and innovation in the data center sector.

To learn more about the NVTC and their data center awards, click here. Or, for more information on PowerHouse Data Centers and their projects, visit their website here

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