Swiss colocation provider SafeHost is extending its SH2 data center in Gland, Switzerland.

SafeHost has contracted Webuild Group, through its subsidiary CSC Costruzioni SA, to build an additional 18MW of capacity at the facility, located between Lausanne and Geneva.

The CHF 131.5 million ($142.5 million) construction project will be carried out by CSC in a joint venture with the Titanium Swiss Group. Work is due to begin in July and projected to be complete within 18 months.

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SafeHost's SH5 data center in Beringen; construction is due to start later this year – SafeHost

First announced in 2017, SH2 is billed as the country’s largest data center once fully built out. The carrier-neutral data center offers a total of 40MW of capacity with 14,000 sqm (150,694 sq ft) of technical space. The remaining 9,000 sqm (97,000 sq ft) will be used as offices. When first announced, the company said the facility would be deployed in 2,000 sqm (21,527 sq ft), 4MW increments every 18 months.

SafeHost currently has three data centers around the Geneva area, with a fourth, SH4, currently being built in Rafz outside Zurich.

In April the company announced it was building a fifth facility in Beringen, in the Schaffhausen Canton north of Zurich. The SH5 data center is due to be developed in the Beringen industrial quarter on the site on a former tennis club.

As well as solar panels on the roof and rainwater cooling, the on-site office complex will be heated with the waste heat generated by the data center. Construction work is to begin this year after the building permits have been obtained.

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