Ground Broken on Huge NWI Data Center Project

Ground Broken on Huge NWI Data Center Project

Dignitaries including Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. and Thomas P. Dakich and Peter Feldman from Indiana NAP, joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center in northwest Indiana.

Indiana NAP, a newly-launched venture advancing the high-power, high-efficiency mission critical data center project, will develop a state-of-the-art, renewable energy campus on the site of the former State Line Generating Facility, which closed in 2012. Situated just outside of Chicago along Lake Michigan, the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center will serve a growing demand for businesses and content distribution providers to lease data center space. The project also includes plans for a 10,000-square-foot tech incubator, a greenhouse to serve Purdue University Northwest that will use waste heat from the servers and equipment, as well as enhanced public spaces with access to the lakefront property.

Members of Hasse Construction, the contractors for the data center.

The company, which chose to locate the data center in northwest Indiana over Illinois, will initially invest approximately $40 million to construct a 105,000-square-foot facility on approximately 12 acres of the 77-acre site during the first phase to include a data center and shared-space tech incubator. The project has the potential to grow into a $200 million investment across three buildings and 400,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space in Hammond.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is supporting the project through the Industrial Recovery Tax Credit (DINO) program, which provides an incentive to invest in former industrial sites and improve quality of place in Indiana communities.

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