Here’s What Goes Into a Data Center Build-Out

Brian Tinsman
Digital Properties Manager


ElectricTV recently went behind the scenes of CyrusOne’s latest data center build-outs in Loudoun County to learn more about the construction process. The interest is understandable, considering CyrusOne’s last project in Sterling, Virginia was brought online in record time.

Known as “Goliath,” that 220,000 square foot project went from blueprint to service ready in 180 days. Our Executive Director, Buddy Rizer, went explained how that happened:

“On December 16, 2015, we all gathered around the conference room and laid out a plan. On June 16, 2016, a mere 180 days later, the building was service-ready. We believe a project of this scale at this speed is only #LoudounPossible because of teamwork.”

He continued, “In Loudoun, we have a great group of professionals in Building and Development, Planning and Zoning, Transportation, the County Attorney’s office and Economic Development. The entire county government pulls together as part of Loudoun’s Fast-Track Commercial Incentive Program with one goal: meeting the client’s timeline.

“I’m lucky to have partners like Kenny Young, Mike Seigfried, Ricky Barker, Joe Kroboth, Leo Rogers and their teams who understand that process efficiency can mean the difference between winning and losing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. Projects like this are also only possible because of the great work by partners like Loudoun Water, Dominion Virginia Power, VDOT and others. And projects like this are only possible when you are working with great businesses, consultants, engineers and contractors.”

CyrusOne is now finishing work on “David,” a 120,000 square-foot facility that could come online even faster. Buddy said:

“When the company asked if we could help them meet this aggressive schedule, I responded as I always do. ‘With the right team and the right place, it is 100 percent #LoudounPossible.’”

On Thursday, Rizer addressed the data center community on what to expect in Loudoun County in 2017, and why data centers choose to locate here:


Here is an update on another Loudoun County data center project:


For more information on Loudoun’s “Data Center Alley,” please see our industry sector page.


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