Prime Data Centers begins construction on $1 billion data center campus

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Prime Data Centers has started construction of its $1 billion data center campus at 1600 East Higgins Rd. in Elk Grove Village.

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Prime ORD will include more than 750,000 sq. ft. and 175 megawatts of capacity at full build-out, creating the largest data center campus in Greater Chicago. It’s the first of three planned campus data centers.

“On behalf of everyone at Prime, I would like to thank Elk Grove Village and the numerous contractors and team members involved in readying ORD-01 for groundbreaking,” said Nicholas Laag, chief executive officer of Prime Data Centers. “The partnership between Elk Grove and the data center industry has led to unprecedented growth and positive economic impact.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to partner with forward-thinking governments, executing on an aggressive, multinational expansion plan that will establish Prime as the data center foundation for the global proliferation of content creation and cloud solutions.”

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held recently with Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, executives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and project partners ComEd, Clune Construction Company and Gensler.

“I couldn’t be happier to welcome our new neighbors at Prime Data Centers to Illinois as they break ground on their Chicago data center campus,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “We aren’t just the heart of the Midwest—we are a national leader in innovation and business growth, in large part thanks to companies like Prime.

“This data center brings with it economic opportunity at every turn—for residents of Elk Grove, greater Chicago, and throughout our great state. Congratulations to the entire Prime team on this extraordinary groundbreaking.”

Elk Grove Village’s tax incentive plan and increased regional demand created a unique opportunity for Prime Data Centers. Prime ORD-01 will be highly energy efficient and built to the exacting availability, connectivity and power density requirements of today’s most prominent cloud brands.

“Prime’s presence in Elk Grove Village validates our unique position as a Midwestern hub for data center operators. We welcome Prime to Elk Grove Village not as tenants but as partners in every sense of the word,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson. “While we know that our infrastructure suits Prime’s needs, we also know that they will find success here in Elk Grove because we both share a drive to innovate and thrive. We are looking forward to partnering with Prime so we can support their continued growth here in Elk Grove Village.”

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