On Sept. 27, Digital Realty Trust unveiled its $30 million renovation of the data center at 210 N. Tucker in St. Louis.
Several took part in a tour of the facility along with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and took part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Dan Mehan and Tracy King of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also attended the tour and ribbon cutting.
Also in attendance were Digital Realty’s CEO; Mike Foust, Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt; and Jason Hall, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The $30 million renovation is part of a larger makeover of the 18-story building. The San Francisco-based company, which had revenue of $1.06 billion last year, is planning to spend another $20 million to renovate the upper nine floors over the next year.
Digital Realty installed new backup generators, improved wiring and electricity and installed a new freight elevator as part of the $30 million renovation.
Once fully renovated, the data center will have about 500,000 square feet of space and will carry about 90 percent of Internet traffic in the St. Louis region.
The 210 N. Tucker building is one two downtown data centers Digital Realty bought in 2007 from Bob Guller, a former attorney with Lewis, Rice & Fingersh. The other Digital Realty facility downtown, at 900 Walnut, has 112,000 square feet of space and is fully leased. Also in 2007, Digital Realty bought the 156,000-square-foot Savvis headquarters in Town & Country for $27.7 million from building owner Duke Realty.
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