STACK Infrastructure, a hyperscale data center developer and operator backed by IPI Partners, a digital infrastructure private equity firm, announced that it is developing a new 84-megawatt, 602k sqft, hyperscale data center campus in the Northern Virginia sub-market of Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County, which will be known as NVAL3.
NVAL3 – Manassas, Virginia – STACK Infrastructure
STACK Infrastructure’s NVAL3 data center development project is located at 8911 Freedom Center Blvd in Manassas, which is part of Prince William County, Virginia. Specifically, this 34-acre property is situated at the south corner of Wellington Road and Freedom Center Blvd.
STACK Infrastructure intends to develop a minimum of two new data center buildings, which together will comprise 84 megawatts of critical capacity across 602k sqft of total area / 336k sqft of data hall space. The NVAL3 hyperscale data center campus will be developed over two phases, with phase 1 known as NVA13 and phase 2 being called NVA18.
Phase 1 – NVA13
The first phase of STACK Infrastructure’s NVAL3 data center development, known as NVA13, will provide 36 megawatts of powered shell and commissioned capacity within 262k sqft of total area. Particularly, STACK is offering this capacity in two formats:
- Commissioned: 12 megawatts of commissioned capacity, which is purpose-built with pre-installed racks, connectivity, and power
- Powered Shell: 24 megawatts of powered shell capacity, which are customizable base buildings
In terms of timing, STACK plans to deliver phase 1 (NVA13) of the NVAL3 campus in Q3 2023.
Phase 2 – NVA18
The second phase of STACK Infrastructure’s NVAL3 data center development, known as NVA18, will offer 48 megawatts of build-to-suit (BTS) capacity across 340k sqft of total area.
Connectivity-wise, STACK Infrastructure’s NVAL3 campus in Manassas will be supported by high-capacity dark fiber and will have access to all major long-haul fiber carriers for low-latency connectivity. More broadly, in Northern Virginia, STACK references the following metro and long-haul carriers as its partners:
- Metro (Intra-City): Atlantic Broadband (Cogeco), CenturyLink (Lumen), Crown Castle, FiberLight, Level 3 (Lumen), Lumos, NOVEC, RCN (Astound Broadband), SummitIG, Uniti, Windstream, and Zayo
- Long-Haul (Inter-City): Hudson Fiber, Level 3 (Lumen), Sprint (T-Mobile), SummitIG, Telia Carrier (Arelion), Windstream, and Zayo
Finally, NVAL3 will have two meet-me-rooms with diverse fiber entrances.
STACK Infrastructure’s NVAL3 data center campus is located directly adjacent to existing high-voltage transmission lines connected to a Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) substation. This power source, known as the Rixlew Substation, will be expanded to support STACK’s NVAL3 site.
According to Prince William County property records, STACK Infrastructure’s site at 8911 Freedom Center Blvd in Manassas, Virginia is owned by Peterson Companies, through the entity TPC Freedom LLC. Notably, Peterson Companies, which is a real estate development and management company, is developing another hyperscale data center campus alongside STACK, also in Manassas, Virginia, at 9604 Hornbaker Road.
STACK Infrastructure – Overview
Northern Virginia Data Centers
STACK Infrastructure is developing multiple data centers in the Northern Virginia sub-markets of Ashburn, Virginia (Loudoun County) and Manassas, Virginia (Prince William County). Overall, in the Northern Virginia market, the company has 600+ megawatts of current or under development capacity. Of this total, STACK has announced 300 megawatts of newly planned capacity, in the last four months, including:
- NVAL2: developing a new 216-megawatt hyperscale data center campus in the Northern Virginia sub-market of Ashburn, Virginia
- Prince William County: data center campus in its second phase of expansion that will bring 36 megawatts of additional capacity by Q4 2022, eventually growing to 72 megawatts
STACK Infrastructure’s capacity expansion is being fueled by hyperscale customers. Particularly, per North American Data Centers, STACK’s customers include hyperscale companies Microsoft and LinkedIn (also owned by Microsoft). Below are select examples of STACK’s key leasing deals in 2020 and 2021:
- Elk Grove Village (Chicago), Illinois: 12-megawatt leasing deal with Microsoft in 2021 and an 18-megawatt leasing deal with Microsoft in 2020
- San Jose, California: 32-megawatt leasing deal with Microsoft in 2020
- Hillsboro, Oregon: 5-megawatt leasing deal with LinkedIn in 2020
- Sterling, Virginia: 3-megawatt leasing deal with LinkedIn in 2020