Approval Granted for 159-Acre Data Center Development in Hutto, Texas
The Hutto municipal government approved the development of a 159-acre ultra-large data center called “PowerCampus Austin” on May 4. Jointly developed by Skybox Datacenters LLC and Prologis Inc., the project plans to construct six large-scale properties, with a total area of 3.9 million square feet, in phases. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Skybox CEO disclosed that negotiations are ongoing with potential tenants, but names cannot be disclosed at this time. The facility is expected to attract world’s best companies, including cloud computing giants and Fortune 500 firms, with investments potentially exceeding the project’s own development funds. The development of this world-class facility is expected to create high-paying engineering and technical jobs in the future.
Prologis Vice President of Investment stated that the park will be powered by two private substations, boosting North Austin’s economy upon completion. This may suggest that the park will be self-sufficient and industrial power consumption will not impact the Texas grid, potentially providing additional economic benefits to the private grid.
The two developers have previously built “Skybox Austin 1,” a $548 million data center in Pflugerville, which was ten times smaller than the new Hutto project area. Therefore, it is expected that the project will bring at least $4-5 billion in capital investment, meeting the growing demands of technology and industry in North Austin.
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