DC BLOX to build a new data center campus in Rockdale County, GA

Dec. 12, 2023
The 750,000-square-foot campus will feature 216MW of power and connectivity to a new dark fiber ring around Atlanta.

DC BLOX has acquired 72 acres of land in Conyers, Georgia, in Rockdale County, for a new hyperscale-ready data center campus. The campus is designed at full build-out to accommodate 750,000 square feet of space with 216MW of total power committed by Georgia Power.

This is not a speculative build. Having already secured an anchor tenant for the project, the 160,000 square feet of space will be available to additional tenants with expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2025.

As part of the project, DC BLOX plans to build a dark fiber ring around the Atlanta metropolitan area. The new fiber ring will provide significant new fiber capacity for campus tenants. It will also provide a resilient connection to the DC BLOX dark fiber route from Atlanta to its Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaCable landing station, offering global connectivity options.

The facility's location in the Southeast's communications hub and its built-in high-capacity fiber routes offer a prime opportunity for a regional hyperscale peering point for interconnection.

DC BLOX’s data center campus will be in Conyers, Georgia, approximately 24 miles east of downtown Atlanta. The property has been granted specific incentives by the Development Authority of Rockdale County through its agent, Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC). The facility will be developed with DC BLOX’s design and construction partners: Evans General ContractorsDLB AssociatesCorgan, Thomas & Hutton, and Bennett & Pless.

The Atlanta market is experiencing unprecedented growth in data center consumption and pre-leasing activity primarily driven by scalers to needs closer to their consumers, the rapid growth of AI/ML applications, and power constraints in primary data center markets like Northern Virginia.

Kevin Hanna, president of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, said DC BLOX’s new data center will boost its community’s profile as a critical technology hub.

“Throughout our discussions with DC BLOX, we have been impressed with their willingness to share information and implement recommendations from the community regarding the design of the planned data centers,” he said. “We view their presence as the foundation of an ecosystem that will give rise to new tech investments throughout the County and the city of Conyers for years to come.”

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The facility's location in the Southeast's communications hub and its built-in high-capacity fiber routes offer a prime opportunity for a regional hyperscale peering point for interconnection.

DC BLOX’s data center campus will be in Conyers, Georgia, approximately 24 miles east of downtown Atlanta. The property has been granted specific incentives by the Development Authority of Rockdale County through its agent, Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC). The facility will be developed with DC BLOX’s design and construction partners: Evans General ContractorsDLB AssociatesCorgan, Thomas & Hutton, and Bennett & Pless.

The Atlanta market is experiencing unprecedented growth in data center consumption and pre-leasing activity primarily driven by scalers to needs closer to their consumers, the rapid growth of AI/ML applications, and power constraints in primary data center markets like Northern Virginia.

Kevin Hanna, president of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, said DC BLOX’s new data center will boost its community’s profile as a critical technology hub.

“Throughout our discussions with DC BLOX, we have been impressed with their willingness to share information and implement recommendations from the community regarding the design of the planned data centers,” he said. “We view their presence as the foundation of an ecosystem that will give rise to new tech investments throughout the County and the city of Conyers for years to come.”

DC BLOX continues to ramp up its data center presence in the Southeast. The company's data centers are located in Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, with others in development near Atlanta and Berkeley County, SC.

For related articles, visit the Data Center Test Topic Center

For more information on optical components and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

To stay abreast of optical communications technology, subscribe to Lightwave’s Enabling Technologies Newsletter.

DC BLOX continues to expand its data center presence in the Southeast. DC BLOX’s data centers are located in Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, with others in development near Atlanta and Berkeley County, SC.

For related articles, visit the Data Center Test Topic Center

For more information on optical components and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

To stay abreast of optical communications technology, subscribe to Lightwave’s Enabling Technologies Newsletter.

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Sean Buckley

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