CyrusOne Eyes Data Center Expansion at Kincora

Loudoun’s Kincora development has a major new tenant—and it is a familiar one.

CyrusOne announced Tuesday morning that it had purchased 40 acres in the mixed use development and plans to develop a $1 billion data center complex on the property.

Developed by TriTec Real Estate and Norton Scott LLC, Kincora is zoned for development of a 6.7-million-square-foot mixed-use development with more than 4 million square feet of office space, plus restaurants and retail space, a performing arts center, a hotel, and 1,400 multi-family units.

“The opportunity to add new real estate to our portfolio while also helping the Loudoun community grow and develop is the type of transaction that CyrusOne aspires to attain,” Kevin Timmons, the company’s chief technology officer, said in announcing the purchase. “Adding this new Northern Virginia location will not only benefit our growth trajectory, but is also vital to continuing to serve our Fortune 1000 customers along the East Coast.”

CyrusOne operates more than 30 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia. It already has a strong presence in Loudoun’s data center alley. CyrusOne operates a 129,000-square-foot facility in Sterling and is nearing completion of a second data center on the property.

The land purchase also resulted in the first reimbursement to the public-private partnership that is funding the extension of Pacific Boulevard and Gloucester Parkway. The Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which is financing the construction, received payment of more than $8 million when CyrusOne acquired the land. It was the first designated repayment of VTIB proceeds from any road project funded by VTIB since its creation in 2011.

The Gloucester Parkway extension is anticipated to be completed in July 2016, and the Pacific Boulevard extension has a target completion date of December 2016. The projects—including two new bridges over Broad Run—are expected to provide significant congestion relief through the construction of two additional bridges over Broad Run.

7 thoughts on “CyrusOne Eyes Data Center Expansion at Kincora

  • 2016-06-17 at 1:27 am

    Many of the data centers in Loudoun are not “water hogs” because they use dry coolers rather than cooling towers. I don’t even know what a “land hog” is. The FAR is fixed by the county for pretty much all buildings – density has nothing to do with the building owner and data center operators typically build up to the max density.

    Data centers do provide huge property tax revenues to the country. I don’t want my home property taxes going up, so I’m happy we have more data centers.

    They bring quite a few jobs, too. There are hundreds of good construction jobs, all the time in Loudoun from the data center business – maybe more. There are lots of service companies that employ many staff servicing HVAC, generators, etc. The tenants have large staffs in the area. Don’t just look at direct employees.

  • 2016-06-15 at 10:21 am

    ttsva and Francis – I served for the GC and Owner during and after construction of numerous building in our area, and perhaps you should consult those skeleton crews who work at the buildings, but I have visited many times and there are many, many unrealized contractors who work at the properties on a daily basis. The security is more rigid than what I’ve experienced at the highest federal facilities just to gain entry beyond the lobby and contractors are there to work on servers, maintain the building, consult with engineering, perform upgrades, etc. I have only had limited interaction, but they do pay $$$$ in taxes, don’t add a lot of traffic burden, are good customers to Dominion Virginia Power (one would think they would incorporate solar into rooftops though – they all have massive back-up generators), etc.

    • 2016-06-15 at 12:35 pm

      I regularly perform inspections and audits at many of the data centers in Loudoun county. I’m very familiar with the staffing at these facilities and the contractors employed by them. The majority of data centers in Loudoun county are co-location facilities and these employ very small staffs.

      • 2016-06-17 at 1:29 am

        Ask local companies like Compudynamics or their competitors who do service in the data centers. Or look at the colo customers who have large staffs on site like Facebook, Microsoft, etc.

  • 2016-06-14 at 5:07 pm

    Data centers don’t bring long term jobs. They are run by skeleton crews and when you have a data center provider with multiple locations close together this tiny staff is often shared between locations. I know of one data center provider that operates 4 data centers in Loudoun county with a shared staff of about 8 people.

  • 2016-06-14 at 10:01 am

    Now that’s a welcome addition to Loudoun County. I wish we could build a 100 more of these. Jobs, taxes and minimal traffic.

    • 2016-06-14 at 10:42 am

      I’m not convinced that data centers bring jobs. The Prineville data center Facebook built in OR created 35 long term jobs for 300,000 square feet.

      As for me, data centers are eyesores. They are land, water and electricity hogs. You can have communities with real people without traffic if they’re designed well.

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