San Antonio: Microsoft Reaches Mid-Point on $86M Expansion in Westover Hills
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Contractors retained by Microsoft Corporation are at about the midway point on the $86 million expansion of a data center the company operates in Westover Hills, according to public records.
Work began in March 2019 on the first leg of electronic date storage facility expansion. In summary, this is for three buildings (COLO 1, 2 and 3) and a connecting corridor.
The first project was Microsoft Chevron/SN7 COLO 1 (a type of colocation data center). Valued at $44 million by the architect, Corgan, this was a finish-out for 60,570 square feet of an existing building, with an administration area, loading dock, equipment service yard.
The facility gets its name, Microsoft Chevron, from the fact that Microsoft acquired the site from Chevron and in 2017 the two companies entered a seven-year agreement that makes Microsoft the primary cloud hosting provider for Chevron.
Corgan and the contractors, they include Turner Construction, started receiving building permits on the next phase in December. The scope of work on this next phase, valued at $42 million, includes construction of new buildings totaling 104,837 square feet. This will bring the total square footage of buildings at 5200 Rogers Road to 326,680 square feet.
By the time the second phase is done–the project team is shooting for an August 2020 finish–COLO 2 will be finished out, COLO 3 will be standing (shell only), there will be a pre-engineered metal building connecting corridor, and the site will have a new equipment storage yard.
The project represents a major reconfiguration to an existing data center that sits on a 33.82-acre lot. That is roughly one third of the total area of the Westover Hills data center campus, which totals about 95.6 acres.
5200 Rogers Road is separated from Microsoft’s data centers at 5150 Rogers Road and 3823 Wiseman Boulevard–both already completely built out–by a City Public Service substation. Of the three tracts, 5200 Rogers was the only tract that still had land available for redevelopment.
Microsoft Data Center in Westover Hills. Image: Google Earth.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.