Metro Edge Development Partners, a commercial real estate development firm and minority business enterprise (MBE), announced it has finalized agreements with Corgan, Clune Construction, Power Construction, and Ujamaa Construction to design and build its data center in the Illinois Medical District (IMD). They join T5 Data Centers as the team that will design, construct, and operate the data center.
“Metro Edge was founded as a firm focused on high-impact, technology-driven developments that have a positive impact on the market and the local community,” said Bradley Beile, COO of Metro Edge. “We are thrilled to have best-in-class partners like Corgan, Clune, Power, and Ujamaa working with us to design and construct this facility. It is a testament to not only their belief in this project, but also the importance of the development and the positive impact it will have on the West Side.”
The $257 million data center is expected to break ground in 2023 and open in 2024. Metro Edge recently announcedthe company secured a 75-year ground lease on a 1.97-acre parcel in the IMD to build and operate a 19.8 megawatt, five-story, 184,720-square-foot high-performance data center that will address the technology infrastructure needs of local and regional healthcare, financial, educational, and government organizations. The facility has already secured 50% preleasing.
Located in West Side Chicago, the construction of the data center will support over 200 construction jobs and, once completed, over 70 full-time jobs in a variety of fields including data center engineers, electricians, tech support personnel, and operations.
The new facility will be designed by Corgan, a renowned local architecture firm with decades of experience designing data centers, healthcare and education facilities, commercial buildings, and airport terminals.
Corgan is leading all the architecture, engineering, and design elements of the project while Clune is overseeing all construction aspects of the development in partnership with Power and Ujamaa and T5 as project manager.