Our flagship data center facility, located at 350 East Cermak Rd., is one of the largest data centers in the world. At a size of 1.1 million ft², it is the primary carrier hotel in Chicago with direct access, through Equinix and the building meet-me-room (MMR), to hundreds of networks such as Verizon, Zayo, CenturyLink, XO Communication, Sprint, AT&T, and Cogent.
This premium space is ideal for those in need of diverse connectivity; it provides complete 2N redundancy at Tier 3+ standards, while also being the most well connected building with over one hundred available networks.
The industrial strength infrastructure includes four fiber vaults and three electric power feeds, which provide the building with more than 100 megawatts of power. 350 East Cermak is currently the second-largest power customer for Commonwealth Edison, surpassed only by Chicago’s O’ Hare Airport. Grid power is supported by more than 50 generators throughout the building, which are fueled by multiple 30,000 gallon tanks of diesel fuel.
One of the most distinctive features of this facility is its cooling system. Supported by an 8.5 million gallon tank of a refrigerated coolant liquid, the massive tank serves as thermal energy storage for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), including the nearby McCormick Place Exposition Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. Thermal energy storage can reduce costs by running chillers during off-peak hours when power rates are less expensive.