Aligned is filing to rezone land in Sterling, Virginia, to extend its second data center campus in Loudoun County.

The company already has zoning permission and has begun construction of a data center there, but is seeking a ~150,000 sq ft (13,935 sqm) extension.

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– Aligned

The company requested to rezone approximately 10.14 acres at Relocation Drive from the Residential-1 (R-1) zoning district to the Planned Development-Office Park (PD-OP) zoning district to develop an approximately 450,000-square foot (41,800 sqm) data center.

The Loudoun County Planning Commission was set to consider the request this week. The site already has permission for a 304,170 sq ft (28,260 sqm) data center and construction work has begun on the facility; the new zoning would allow for an extension of the existing building to be constructed.

Aligned acquired 10 acres from property firm Hughes & Smith Inc. for more than $18.2 million last year, and announced plans for a new data center in July 2022.

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The existing Aligned IAD3 development – Aligned

At the time the company said phase one delivery of the campus’ first facility, IAD-03, was targeted for Fall 2023. At full build-out, the four-story building will offer 72MW across 430,000 sq ft (40,000 sqm). The company said a tenant has already been secured.

The site was greenfield land, nestled between two AWS data center sites; IAD57 & IAD58 to the south on Relocation Drive (possibly owned by Digital Realty), and another AWS facility to the north at 45110 Loudoun Downs Lane.

This will be Aligned’s second Virginia campus. The first campus launched with IAD-01 in September 2019. A second adjacent facility at the site on Uunet Drive in Ashburn followed in March 2020. At full build-out, the site is expected to offer a million square feet (93,000 sqm) of data center, office, and amenity space, as well as 180MW of total critical load.

Aligned is also planning a facility at Quantum Loophole’s gigawatt campus in neighboring Maryland.