Michigan Getting Two More Major Data Centers

SOUTHFIELD — Michigan will soon be home to two more world-class data centers.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. and Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC Tuesday began construction on the Quicken Loans Technology Center, a 66,000-square-foot data center and office complex at 1401 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit’s Corktown district.

Also Tuesday, the Grand Rapids-based network services and cloud hosting provider US Signal announced that it will soon open its latest data center, GR East.

Quicken Loans’ new building will feature two 10,000-square-foot server rooms in addition to training, office and support space. Half of the data center will be occupied by Quicken Loans’ technology team. An equal-sized 33,000-square-foot portion of the building, including the second 10,000-square-foot server room, will be available for lease when the center opens.

Scheduled for completion in January 2015, the modern cement and glass structure will boast 1.4 megawatts of backup power and an energy efficient design including advanced air conditioning for its server rooms, as well as a comprehensive security system.

Construction and management will be conducted by Bedrock Real Estate Services, a Quicken Loans affiliated full-service real estate firm. Bedrock will also lease the available 33,000-square-foot technology center space.

Quicken Loans has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ‘100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past nine years, ranking No. 1 in 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

More at www.quickenloans.com or www.bedrockmgt.com.

In Grand Rapids, meanwhile, US Signal said West Michigan’s first-ever purpose-built data center is nearly ready for customers with the latest installation of surveillance, biometric access and power protection.

Said Brad Higgison, US Signal director of facility operations: “The needs of our customers for a high security data center supported by diverse fiber routes and redundant backup power drove our decisions for the design and construction of this industry-leading facility.”

Included will be scalable backup power; biometric access controls, including iris scanners; an advanced video surveillance system; and advanced fire detection and dry gas fire suppression.

US Signal said the data center will be complete by May 30.

US Signal has more than 14,000 miles of fiber optic data line and metro rings in 23 markets in the Midwest. US Signal’s Cisco Systems carrier-class architecture supports a full suite of colocation, security and computing services to complement its network offerings. More at www.ussignalcom.com.

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