One of America’s leading IT development and construction companies, Skanska USA, announced last Thursday the signing of a contract to build a brand-new data centre in Québec. The new Tier III centre will be built to connect directly to Canada’s nationwide Telus IP network; interconnection with other data centres in the country is also being built into the system. Telus, the Canadian telecom provider hiring Skanska USA, indicates the contract to be worth some US $55 million.
When complete, the data centre in the eastern Québec city of Rimouski will be the company’s first built to meet LEED Gold Standards. It will boast a Power Usage Effectiveness of just 1.15 as well as a handful of other green initiatives. The first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed sometime in 2012, will be constructed using a modular design. No definitive timetable has been announced for the final completion of the multi-phase project.
As for Skanska USA, this is not their first Canadian project by any means. They are currently working on two other projects in southern Ontario for undisclosed clients. The company is based in New York City with approximately 7,400 total employees. Their total 2010 revenue of $4.97 billion is expected to rise significantly when the final numbers are crunched for 2011.
With the expansion of the Internet and Web hosting technologies in Canada, contracts like this $55 million Telus deal are likely to be continuing well into the future.