Switch Grand Rapids data center now open

Switch Grand Rapids Data Center now open

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The former Steelcase pyramid in Kent County is now officially open as the Switch Grand Rapids data center.

"The Pyramid Campus" is designed for up to 1.8 million square feet of data center space and 320 megawatts of power, according to a press release from Switch. Switch focuses on sustainability both by reusing the former Steelcase Pyramid and committing to a campus "powered by 100-percent green energy."

Construction of the Switch Pyramid has been led by local general contractor The Christman Company, employing approximately 700 Michiganders.

Switch has promised to hire 1,000 permanent jobs over a 10-year period and leaders with the company say they are on track to meet that number. Economic leaders in Grand Rapids suggested the 1,000 jobs could create 5,000 more "spin-off jobs."

Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to tax incentives in December 2015 to encourage Switch to set up shop in West MIchigan. In June 2016, the Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to give $1.1 million in annual tax breaks to Switch.

Last year, the 13 Watchdog team toured the company's facility in Las Vegas to get a sense of what was going to be built in West Michigan. The company says the Nevada data centers are the largest in the world and security is very tight.

A promotional video from Switch is embedded below.

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