CoreSite Realty Corporation will open its latest Chicago data center on June 10.

The company has been building the facility since April last year and it has just completed the first phase of CH2, comprising about 56,000 sq ft and 6MW.

When fully built out, CH2 will comprise 18MW and cover around 169,000 sq ft (15,000 sq m).

Brian Warren, CoreSite’s SVP of development and product engineering, said: “We designed CH2 to offer a new choice in downtown Chicago for high density, easy interconnection access, and sustainably focused operations, in a highly interconnected campus to appeal to those customers who require high performance and low latency at the edge.

“We believe this new facility will meet our customers’ requirements, providing core retail colocation and scale solutions for high-density applications with the extensive connectivity options of a multi-cloud and carrier ecosystem.”

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A render of CH2 – CoreSite

Who doesn't love taxes?

CH2 features three fiber entry routes and a dark fiber connection to CH1. The data center will also benefit from a tax incentives program managed by the Illinois Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

In June 2019, the State of Illinois established the Data Center Investment Act. CoreSite was one of the many companies which applied for the investment and was accepted.

In order to receive the tax breaks, the company will be creating 20 new jobs and make an investment, together with its customers, of at least $250m over a 60-month period.

The data center has also been awarded the Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy program to promote energy efficiency.

Matt Gleason, CoreSite’s VP and GM of the Chicago market, said: “Our CH2 Data Center delivers a large and efficient data center design that enables enterprises to solve for mission-critical, performance-sensitive hybrid cloud applications, by providing a choice of new purpose-built space versus other market retrofit options.

“The addition of CH2 increases our robust ecosystem to serve customers with one of the most interconnected data center campuses in downtown Chicago.”