Construction has kicked off on the Calculation and Data Center (CCDD) LyonTech La Doua project in Villeurbanne, France.

So far, earthworks and structural work have begun and are being supervised by the Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, which is partnering with the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (Lyon INSA) for the facility.

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– Enia Architects

Once completed, the data center will span 3,200 sqm (~34,400 sq ft) and will house 300 racks.

The facility has a budget of €11.1 million ($11.93m) which has been co-fundraised by the State-Region Plan Contract. The first phase of the facility is expected to be in operation by the end of 2024, with a PUE of 1.3.

According to the University's original announcement of the data center, it will have an average saving of 40 percent in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the current digital infrastructure.

The data center's architecture has been designed by Enia Architectes, with engineering handled by APL, CET, Impulse, SMALL, and Acoustique&Conseil.

The data center project is part of a regional strategy called the "Convergence of Digital Infrastructures of Higher Education in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (CINAuRA)," and will follow the national policy of pooling and digital infrastructures for Higher Education and research.

The facility will be housed on the LyonTech-la Doua campus, which will span 100 hectares and is planned to be the "Number one site in France for teaching and research in collaboration with industry."

The campus is dedicated to nine sectors: communication science and information technology; chemistry, catalysis, and process engineering; biology, biochemistry, and health; energy, the environment, and sustainable development; materials and their applications; mechanics and metrology; physics; mathematics; and earth science.