Fall River, Massachusetts, features a landscape filled with crumbling, old manufacturing facilities that have been unused for years. However, one such facility is experiencing new life as it is being converted into the Granite Block Global Data Center, the Herald News reports.
The new facility is close to opening and is already equipped with rack shelves and two, 2-megawatt power generators.
Roland Patenaude, president of Granite Block, told the news source that the facility's power infrastructure is so redundant that four separate outages would be needed to shut the facility down. Furthermore, each individual power unit can provide enough energy to run two hospitals, he said.
When the 163,000-square-foot data center opens, it will be the largest in New England, Patenaude told the news source.
Currently, the data center's primary purposes include providing disaster recovery systems, storage capabilities and telecommunications hosting services.
Building a prolific new data center can sometimes lead to other new projects in the region. For example, regional authorities in Prineville, Oregon, where Facebook recently built a new data center, are hoping that project's success will lead to more new facilities in the region, the Bend Bulletin reports.