North American real estate investment firm TA Realty has launched a dedicated hyperscale data center development arm.

The division will be led by Tim Shaheen, who joined the company a year ago from Aligned Energy, where he was the EVP of strategy and development. Prior to that, he spent seven years as the VP of business development at EdgeConneX.

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TA Realty's Virginia plot – Google Maps

“I am thrilled to lead the TA Realty hyperscale development team,” Shaheen said. “The firm’s commitment to working with the community to deliver exceptional solutions aligns perfectly with my own passion for innovation in the data center industry. TA Realty will leverage our collective expertise to pioneer new possibilities, elevate construction experiences, and empower businesses for success in the rapidly evolving digital landscape, while embracing opportunities with and for the communities we serve."

Alongside the new division, TA Realty has hired Adam Black to lead the design and construction of all of its data center assets. Black spent the last five and a half years at Google, where he managed teams delivering Google's data center capacity in Virginia, the world's largest data center hotspot.

He joined the company from Facebook (now Meta), where he was in charge of delivering multiple data center projects in the US.

Prior to his time at hyperscalers, he worked at QTS, DLB Associates, Eaton, and Johnson Controls.

“I’m excited to have Adam join the team as we continue to navigate the complexities of high-demand data center markets,” Shaheen said.

“With a track record in strategic development, Adam's insights will guide TA Realty in delivering cutting-edge solutions to meet the evolving needs of the digital landscape."

The Mitsubishi Estate-backed company announced in November that it had signed a 430MW build-to-suit lease agreement for its entire data center campus in Loudoun County with a “premier global cloud services provider."

Full build-out of the Leesburg, Virginia, site is expected in 2027. The project will be managed by the new hyperscale division.