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Ellis County datacenter project ready to grow

Construction is underway to prepare for the next phase of Compass Datacenters' Red Oak development.

Compass Datacenters has started site work to expand its new facility in Red Oak in Ellis County.

The Addison-based data center company has already opened the first phase of its 225-acre project on Houston School Road east of Interstate 35E. That 40,000-square-foot building is just the start of a huge tech complex the company plans at the site.

General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie is building the infrastructure for the addition to the new datacenter.

A Compass Datacenters’ spokesman said there is “there’s nothing to report yet” about the timing of the project. But workers are busy getting the property ready for additional construction.

The Red Oak project was announced in January when Compass bought the building site.

This will be Compass’ second Dallas-area location, along with a data center in Allen.

The Red Oak property is next door to where Google has quietly purchased more than 165 acres where it plans another huge data center — its second such project in Ellis County.

Compass also has locations in Phoenix, Columbus, Montreal and northern Virginia.

In June, Compass filed plans with the state for an expansion of its Allen project on the west side of U.S. Highway 75 near Stacy Road.

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the largest datacenter markets in the country. And demand for the facilities is increasing with the growth of consumers and businesses in the area.

Contractors are busy preparing to expand Compass Datacenters' new Red Oak facility.
Contractors are busy preparing to expand Compass Datacenters' new Red Oak facility.(Steve Brown )

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor. Steve covers commercial and residential real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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