American Real Estate Partners (AREP) has announced the launch of PowerHouse Data Centers, a next-generation data centre company that offers technical real estate solutions for hyperscalers in Northern Virginia. PowerHouse Data Centers has plans to build six data centres representing 2.1 million square feet of data centre space in Northern Virginia.
PowerHouse’s Arcola Data Center project, set for completion in 2026, will provide 120 megawatts (MW) of max capacity power, with 80 MW of critical power for a two-building facility with 614,300 sq. ft. of developable space, and a data hall area of 364,100 sq. ft. of space. PowerHouse’s data centre campuses also include the site of the former AOL headquarters on Pacific Boulevard in Ashburn, known as PowerHouse Pacific, which will host three state-of-the-art, build-to-suit data centres for hyperscale tenants. Other projects under construction include PowerHouse ABX-1 at Beaumeade, which is bringing a 265,000 sq. ft. two-story powered data centre online in 2023.
The construction is also backed by a $1 billion joint venture commitment with AREP and Harrison Street to develop and construct world-class data centres. As one of the leading investment management firms focused exclusively on alternative real estate assets, Harrison Street invested approximately $2.4 billion in digital assets that include powered data centres, strategic colocations and dark fiber. Harrison Street has clients in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
“We are excited to offer a new data centre solutions company to meet the rising demand of hyperscalers in Ashburn and change the landscape of Data Center Alley,” said Doug Fleit, co-founder and CEO of AREP and PowerHouse Data Centers. “We provide hyperscalers a unique competitive advantage of an accelerated speed to market while overcoming the challenge of a fierce ‘data center land run’.”
“We are constantly evolving to meet hyperscaler needs with our fast, flexible and scalable build-to-suit data centre solutions to fully meet their exacting specifications,” commented Greg Rowles, PowerHouse Data Centers managing director, development and construction. “PowerHouse handles all the heavy lifting from site selection and evaluation, data centre design and construction, to infrastructure build-out and delivery.”