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Aligned Breaks Ground on First Chicago-Area Data Center

Dallas-based data center provider Aligned has broken ground on its latest hyperscale data center campus in Northlake, IL, a Cook County suburb of Chicago. The first data center being constructed on the 18.5-acre campus, known as ORD-01, is a 520,000-square-foot, 48-megawatt facility. At full buildout, the project will offer 100 MW of capacity.

“Whether by rail, road, air, or network packet, Chicago has long served as a major infrastructure hub for the nation’s commerce and now, a rapidly transforming digital economy,” said Aligned CEO Andrew Schaap. “We’re excited to bring our adaptive infrastructure and ExpandOnDemand capabilities to serve the needs of fast-growing customers in the Chicago market.”

While the new facility is Aligned’s first in the region, for Northlake it’s the third data center development the city has seen. “We work closely with developers to make their projects a reality,” said Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin. “Their success is our success.”  

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