04 NOVEMBER 2011
Five-Building, $280 Million Data Center Campus to be Built in Pflugerville
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WindData Facility to be First 100% Renewable Energy-Powered Data Center in U.S.
PFLUGERVILLE, TEXAS —The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced major headway in its effort to establish the city as a hotbed for the renewable energy industry with the addition of WindData, a company owned by Baryonyx Corporation that will offer data center facilities powered by renewable energy.
WindData plans to construct a five-building campus totaling more than 600,000 sq. ft. over the next 10 years in Pflugerville. Designed by Kirksey Architecture, it will be the first 100 percent renewable energy-powered data center facility in the U.S. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the first half of 2012.
More than 150 high-technology jobs—30 at each of the five buildings—are expected to be added at the WindData campus. The company is seeking primary data center and disaster recovery tenants prior to breaking ground on the first building.
“With our focus on the renewable energy industry, it is very appropriate that Pflugerville’s first data center will be powered by 100 percent green energy,” said PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers. “In addition to a large number of high-paying jobs, we will also have a dramatic amount of construction at this Pflugerville location during the next 10 years.”
Pflugerville was selected by WindData for two main reasons.
“We see the city’s proximity to the growing Austin business community and its location in a deregulated energy market as the key drivers in our decision to develop future facilities in Pflugerville,” said Baryonyx Corporation CEO Ian Hatton. “We hope to finalize tax assistance agreements with both Williamson and Travis counties to be able to proceed with the final build.”
WindData is a site selection client of Angelou Economics.
“From the very beginning of the site-selection process, the PCDC proved to be a very reliable
partner by exhibiting the necessary aggressiveness to recruit my client,” said Angelos Angelou, principal executive officer of Angelou Economics. “WindData will bring high-paying jobs and several hundred million dollars of investment to the community. The company will also strengthen the city's ability to recruit more data centers and elevate Pflugerville’s renewable energy status.”
The PCDC Board of Directors approved a three-phase incentive agreement on Nov. 3 that is based mostly on jobs.
Agreement details follow.
•$70 million of capital investments
•Contingent on the first 30 jobs paying $67,500 annually
•These jobs are to include health insurance benefits
Phases II and III combined:
•10 years (from date of finalized agreement: Nov. 3, 2011)
•Additional $210 million of capital investment
•Contingent on an additional 100 jobs paying $67,500 annually
•These jobs are to include health insurance benefits Pflugerville was once considered a small, bedroom community, but today the city has a population of approximately 50,000, features a large fly-over intersection of two major highways, a million-square-foot retail shopping center, a ‘restaurant row’ in development, and is home to what will soon be the largest solar farm in the United Sates.
The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation - www.pfdevelopment.com
WindData - www.winddatacenters.com
Baryonyx Corporation - www.baryonyxcorp.com
Kirksey Architecture - www.kirksey.com
Kirksey is a Houston-based, sustainable architecture and interior design firm with more than 29 million sf of LEED® projects in their portfolio. Team-based in structure, Kirksey serves Commercial, Collegiate, Community, pK-12, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Religious, Science & Technology, and Multi-Family Residential markets. For more information, visit www.kirksey.com.