T5 Data Centers, a wholesale data center operator backed by QuadReal Property Group, today announced that it is developing a new 140-acre, 200-megawatt data center campus, known as T5@Augusta, in the city of Augusta, Georgia. Specifically, this data center is being positioned to support Augusta’s expansion as a national cybersecurity hub in Georgia.
T5@Augusta – T5 Data Centers
T5 Data Centers’ T5@Augusta development project is currently a 140-acre vacant land site located at 2111 Powell Road in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia. The property has 1.3k feet of frontage on Gordon Highway and is directly across from Fort Gordon Army Base.
Additionally, the property resides in close proximity to the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command Headquarters. In turn, this location provides access to IT and cybersecurity personnel with secret and top-secret federal security clearances in-place.
Overall, T5 Data Centers intends to develop a 200-megawatt government and enterprise cloud data center campus in Augusta, Georgia. Initially, 15 megawatts will be immediately available from an adjacent Georgia Power substation, at the southeast portion of the property.
T5@Augusta will have access to both dark and enterprise fiber. The location offers access to 16 carriers, and low-latency connectivity to existing federal cloud zones, such as those in Atlanta, Georgia. Specifically, 3 of these carriers will be on-net, while 13 carriers will be near-net.
As shown above, both metro (intra-city) and long-haul (inter-city) fiber networks are in close proximity to T5@Augusta. For example, metro networks are offered by Crown Castle, Lumen Technologies, Segra, Uniti, Windstream, and Zayo. While long-haul networks are delivered by AT&T and T-Mobile.
Georgia Power will serve T5@Augusta through an adjacent 15-megawatt substation, which will provide immediate power availability. Also, the site is bounded by 115kV and 230kV transmission lines to scale power needs to 200+ megawatts.
T5 Data Centers will offer low-cost reliable power at rates of $0.04 utility cost per kWh. While large users of power will be able to achieve rates of $0.035 to $0.038 utility cost per kWh.
T5 Data Centers aims to serve federal hyperscale/cloud and government contractors, which operate as enterprise businesses. To this end, the company seeks to capitalize on Augusta’s cybersecurity initiatives, including the Georgia Cyber Center, a partnership between state, federal, and higher education institutions.
T5 Data Centers’ T5@Augusta development project is supported by the Augusta Economic Development Authority. As such, customers of the facility will receive 100% sales tax abatement on IT purchases. Additionally, property tax rebates are available, in the form of 5- to 20-year abatement of property taxes, depending on capital investment and jobs.
Per Richmond County’s property records, T5 Data Centers’ site at 2111 Powell Road was previously owned by Georgia Vitrified Brick and Clay Co., whose beneficial owner appears to include Bill Beazley Homes, a home builder in Georgia. The broker on this most recent transaction was Augusta, Georgia-based Southeastern.
T5 Data Centers – Overview
T5 Data Centers currently operates 500+ megawatts of critical load across 55 data centers in 9 U.S. markets. Specifically, these markets include Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago (Elk Grove Village), Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Portland, and Silicon Valley.
T5 Data Centers offers build-to-suit, wholesale turnkey, and powered shell data centers, as well as ongoing facility management and operations services.
Cybersecurity Data Centers
Beyond Augusta, Georgia, other notable cybersecurity locations for data centers in the United States include Northern Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; and Huntsville, Alabama; amongst others.