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Involta plans Tucson Data Center

By David Wichner for the the Arizona Daily Star

An Iowa company plans to build and operate a 40K SF data center on Tucson’s south side.

Involta LLC, a data-center management company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently bought an industrial building at 4400 S. Santa Rita Ave. from Aurora Optical Inc. for $2M, according to documents filed with the Pima County Recorder’s Office.

The $15M facility is scheduled to be operational in December, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Involta.

The center will feature a total capacity of 20K of conditioned data-center space with about 600 cabinets of computer equipment, the company said. The facility is being designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements.

The company hasn’t yet determined how many people will work at the center. About 60 jobs were created when Involta opened a 46K data center in Akron, Ohio, last year.

Lehrman said Tucson Electric Power Co. was a valuable strategic partner on the project, helping with site selection, technical requirements and introductions to area business leaders.

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