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Nov. 1, 2012

Expedient Plans Major Expansion for Pittsburgh Data Center

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Expedient is planning a six-month, multi-million dollar project that will double the size of its second Pittsburgh data center. Located within Allegheny Center Mall, the facility is expected to reach a total of 18,000 square feet of computing space and 25,000 square feet overall. It is the company’s third data center expansion in Pittsburgh since 2008.

“We are pleased with the accelerating demand for our private cloud and colocation services in the Pittsburgh market and we look forward to the opportunities that our expansion projects will provide to our current and future customers,” said Shawn McGorry, President and COO of Expedient.

Upon completion, the facility will have top tier features, including dual power feeds, two 2,200 KW generators, four UPS systems, a multi-tiered security system and 500 tons of cooling. It will be connected to the company’s multi-city network of data centers by fiber.

Expedient is headquartered in Pittsburgh and currently operates in five other cities, including Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Baltimore and Boston.

In other news, Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. has sold four major apartment communities in the Pittsburgh region for an undisclosed amount.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that a joint venture between Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII LP of New York and Morgan Communities of Rochester, N.Y. has purchased the 270-unit Carson Street Commons on the South Side, the 235-unit Waterfront apartments in Homestead, 246-unit The Docks in O’Hara Township and the 359-unit Christopher Wren Apartments in Wexford. All four communities were developed more than 10 years ago by Columbus-based Continental Real Estate Companies. In 2004, the properties were put on the market for $130 million.

The acquisition was part of a large transaction involving almost 3,000 apartments in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. Nationwide Realty continues to own three communities in downtown Columbus and nearby Grandview Heights.

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