KST Electric Ltd., a subsidiary of Rosendin Electric, has signed a contract with Data Foundry, a leading provider of wholesale and retail data center outsourcing, co-location, and disaster recovery service, to wire the first phase of a $150 million data center in Austin, Texas. This project, Austin Data Center 2 (ADC2), is the first of a multi-phase construction project that will become a new, 250,000 sq-foot master-planned greenfield data center — the only purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center in central Texas.

ADC2 is built upon a next-generation, 40-acre campus called the Data Ranch, which when completed will have capabilities to deliver over 100MW of power to over one million square feet of data center space. In addition, the fully redundant ADC2 is powered by two independent substations and will feature an end-to-end underground power supply offering resilient and scalable power options.

KST Electric will be responsible for wiring the entire first phase of ADC2, including providing flexible power delivery for rooms from 2,500 sq ft and up, as well as flexible power redundancy from N+1 to 2N+1 configurations. The first phase of ADC2 will support 12MW of utility power with two redundant 12MW feeds into the building and two independent substations, each independently connected to the ERCOT grid. All data and telecom cabling will be underground in a concrete-encased duct.

A unique feature of the current build-out is that unlike most construction projects, much of the wiring is in the open rather than hidden behind walls. Data Foundry plans to display key power rooms during tours and use KST Electric’s handiwork to showcase the wiring versatility and power capabilities of its new greenfield data center for prospective tenants.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for KST to not only demonstrate our prowess at wiring a mission-critical project such as the new Data Foundry data center, but it also gives us a rare opportunity to display our work,” says Kenneth Tumlinson, president of KST Electric.

“With the demand for high-quality data center and disaster recovery services from companies nationwide, we decided to build our new facility from the ground up, rather than compromising quality by retrofitting an existing building,” says Edward Henigin, chief technology officer for Data Foundry. “We set out to build a state-of-the-art facility that competes with the best in the world. After a rigorous evaluation process, we chose KST Electric for its expertise and dedication to excellence. Together we plan to make our new Austin facility a showcase unrivaled in the Central Texas region.”

KST Electric is working with Holder Construction Co., a leading data center contractor with projects across the United States. Gensler is handling architectural design, and CCG Facilities Integration is providing engineering services for the project.