Seattle firm to turn telephone building into mighty data center

February 15, 2012 12:00PM

Seattle-based data center developer Sabey is set to transform the New York Telephone Company building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge into one of the largest data centers in the city, the New York Times reported.

The 1975 building, which has been vacant for many years, was purchased by Sabey for $120 million in partnership with Youngwoo & Associates last year; it will have approximately one million square feet with access to 40 megawatts of electricity when it opens, enough to power 2,000 average-size homes.

“We like to think about our data centers as just one large computer, and this computer is going to Help Drive the New York economy into the 21st century,” said David Sabey, president of Sabey.

There are only a few other data centers in the city. There is one located at 111 Eighth Avenue, Google’s newly acquired Chelsea office building, the Times noted. [NYT]