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Switch opens data center campus

March 9, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Switch The Pyramid Campus data center rendering
A partial rendering of The Pyramid Campus. Courtesy Switch

The first phase of the Switch data center campus is now open.

The renovation of the former Steelcase Pyramid in Gaines Township, at 6100 E. Paris Ave. SE., is now complete, and more than 225,000 square feet of data center space is now operational, according to Las Vegas-based Switch.

The multi-tenant data center includes more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims in data center design by Switch CEO Rob Roy.

“Rob Roy’s vision has turned one of the most iconic buildings in the country into the foundation of what we believe will be the most advanced technology ecosystem campus in the eastern U.S.,” Switch EVP for Strategy Adam Kramer said.

“Since the announcement of Switch’s expansion into Michigan, the state has been attracting the tech world’s attention, defining the region and the state as an epicenter for technology that runs the internet of absolutely everything.”

Construction on the accelerated timeline was completed by the Grand Rapids office of The Christman Company, based in Lansing, and more than 99 percent of the 700 workers on site are from Michigan, according to Switch.

The Switch campus is designed to feature up to 1.8 million square feet of data center space, servicing some of Switch’s key markets, such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Ashburn, New York.

The campus is powered by 100 percent green energy.

The next phase of development on the site is underway, according to Switch. Permitting has started for the first data center facility to be built around the pyramid, a 471,248-square-foot building.

Switch expects continuous expansion at the site for 10 years.

With the Switch expansion, more economic growth should follow, said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place.

“Switch’s investment, local employment and community commitment have exceeded our expectations for what was possible when they first approached us about coming to West Michigan,” Klohs said.

“From an economic development perspective, Switch has established a new industry in the state and our region, bringing new opportunities to existing businesses and attracting new interest from outside technology and related companies.”

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