Sabey Data Centers News

Sabey Data Centers Starts Intergate.Ashburn Construction in Virginia

Ashburn, VA, May 24, 2016 – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties announced today the construction start of Intergate.Ashburn, its approximately 900,000-square-foot data center campus on 38 acres of raw land it acquired in the heart of Northern Virginia’s data center corridor.

Seattle, WA-based Sabey, one of the largest privately-owned data center owners, operators and developers in the United States, will bring its in-house construction expertise to the project with Sabey Construction, Inc. (SCI) acting as general contractor.

Pre-leasing at Intergate. Ashburn is underway, with an expected, fast-tracked delivery date of 4th Quarter, 2016.
Located a short distance from Dulles International Airport, Intergate.Ashburn will significantly expand Sabey’s national data center footprint and provide direct proximity to all network exchanges in the region.

The campus will offer Sabey’s turnkey, hybrid and powered shell data center products in both multi and single-tenant layouts. Build to suit is also available. Building C, the first phase, is approximately 140,000 square feet with 7.2 MW of IT power. The site will be served with more than 70 megawatts of power, accommodating tenants with varying design challenges and power requirements.

The campus shares its design with Sabey’s Intergate.Quincy, a 520,000-square-foot campus in Central Washington State. The fundamental design was perfected while developing the well-received Intergate.Columbia, also in Central Washington. Intergate.Columbia’s 438,000 square feet were completed by SCI in December 2008 after only nine months of construction. The project is fully leased to four investment grade tenants.

Rob Rockwood, Senior Vice President, Eastern Region, directs Sabey Data Centers’ expansion on the East Coast. He will supervise the firm’s business growth in the eastern U.S. as it continues to attract data center customers and office tenants to its million-square-foot Intergate.Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street in New York City and begins its pre-leasing initiative in northern Virginia.

Mr. Rockwood said, “Ashburn is another critical node in the array of data centers that Sabey is assembling to serve its customer base. With our large facilities in the New York City and Washington, D.C. metro areas, we are significantly enhancing our strategic presence and capacity as a national provider of data centers.”
He added, “We are excited to expand into one of the most dynamic data center markets in the world. Ashburn is a prime location that delivers many of the qualities our clients are looking for.”

John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers said, “Rob has an impressive scope of business and technical knowledge. He has deep experience with data centers and understands solution based selling to an educated customer base. He has experience within the New York market and he possesses specific knowledge and experience in the Washington, D.C. region, gained while serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of CoreSite, LLC. At CoreSite until 2014, Rob was involved with virtually every aspect of data center development and management since shortly after the company’s founding in 2001.”

Jeff Kanne, President and CEO of National Real Estate Advisors, which is a major investor in Sabey through a real estate fund, said: “We are highly supportive of Sabey’s expansion strategy, which is primed to meet the escalating demand of data storage space by leading corporations across the U.S.”

Located within the Dulles Technology Corridor, Ashburn, VA, is a magnet for high tech businesses and data center providers supporting both commercial and government enterprises. Northern Virginia is recognized as the second largest data center market on the East Coast after the New York metro market and is home to more than three million square feet of data center facilities. Sabey expects to attract tenants from the government, social media and health care sectors, as well as content and cloud service providers.

Sabey Construction Team for Intergate.Ashburn:
General Contractor Sabey Construction, Inc
Architecture Sabey Architecture & Callison Architecture
MEP/FP Engineering McKinstry Company & CCG Facilities Integration
Electrical Engineering Lane, Coburn & Associates
Structural Engineering Engineers Northwest
Permitting Consultant Dewberry

About Sabey Data Centers
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey provides data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. National Real Estate Advisors on behalf of its open-end, commingled fund holds a minority stake in Sabey.

Brooklyn Fiber, New York’s Low Cost Broadband ISP, Establishes Its Presence at Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan Data Center

New York, March 3, 2016 – Sabey Data Centers, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned multi-tenant data center owners and developers, announced today that Brooklyn Fiber, New York’s independent broadband ISP, will significantly expand its network resources by establishing a point of presence at Intergate.Manhattan, 375 Pearl Street.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “We are delighted to welcome Brooklyn Fiber to 375 Pearl Street. Their POP will enable them to access all of the carrier networks and Internet Exchanges at Intergate.Manhattan. This is a capability that was not available to Brooklyn Fiber during their start-up phase in Brooklyn. We’re proud to help grow this young company.”

Eric Veksler, CEO, Brooklyn Fiber, said, “Our goal is to provide equal access to quality, high-speed broadband for all. To that end, there are very few buildings that can disperse the Internet to all of New York City. We chose 375 Pearl Street for that purpose. We were also impressed with Intergate.Manhattan’s government-grade infrastructure, its mission critical systems and resiliency.”

Brooklyn Fiber offers both wireline and point-to-point wireless broadband connectivity to its residential and business customers. For example the ISP, with their highly disruptive business model, was the first to offer symmetrical gigabit service to small and medium sized businesses at affordable rates with no contract, no install fees and no termination fees.

Brooklyn Fiber’s gigabit broadband service is 20 times faster than existing download speeds in New York City, which average around 52 mbps. At present in New York City, gigabit service is rarely available, and broadband speeds higher than 300 megabits per second are highly uncommon. Brooklyn Fiber, in partnership with Sabey Data Centers and Integrate.Manhattan, is looking to change all that.

About Sabey Data Center Properties
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabeydatacenters.com.

About Brooklyn Fiber
Launched in 2011 as much out of frustration as necessity, Brooklyn Fiber is an independent internet service provider operating out of Red Hook, Brooklyn. From day one our stated goal has been to provide business and residential consumers a choice when it comes to their broadband service provider. We do not have install fees, termination fees or ask our customers to sign a contract. We do not believe in bill creep or choking service around peak times on our network. We are and will remain net neutral. To find out more about Brooklyn fiber please visit www.bkfiber.com.

Iron Mountain Joins Obama’s Data Center Energy Challenge

Iron Mountain, the nearly 70-year-old “information management” company that grew out of a big early 20thcentury underground mushroom growing operation, has joined a White House program created to push companies and government agencies to improve their data center energy efficiency.

President Barack Obama’s administration rolled out the Better Buildings Initiative in parallel with its clean energy investment program in 2011. The Better Buildings Challenge, one part of the initiative, called on companies and agencies to make specific energy efficiency improvement commitments for their facilities in return for access to some technical assistance from the government, shared best practices, and, of course, good publicity.

So far, Boston-based Iron Mountain is one of 11 private-sector data center operators to have accepted the challenge, pledging to reduce energy intensity of eight of its data centers by 20 percent in 10 years. The others are eBay, Facebook, Intel, Intuit, Home Depot, Staples, and Schneider Electric, as well as data center providers Digital Realty Trust, CoreSite Realty, and Sabey Data Centers.

Energy intensity is a metric that’s different from PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness, the most popular data center efficiency metric. PUE is designed to measure how efficiently supporting data center infrastructure as a whole delivers energy to IT equipment. Energy intensity allows the operator to measure efficiency of each component subsystem, such as power equipment, cooling equipment, IT equipment, or, if necessary, the entire data center. It focuses on how much useful work a system achieves using energy it receives.

At the Data Center World Global conference in Las Vegas next month, Iron Mountain VP of data centers Chris Bair, Intel data center architect John Musilli, and Department of Energy staff scientist and engineer Dale Sartor will talk about the role of the government in data center energy efficiency and explain the ins and outs of the Better Buildings Challenge.

The 20 percent reduction in energy intensity across the eight Iron Mountain data centers amounts to 8.75MW total. In other words, the company has pledged to use 8.75MW less power to do the same amount of work it does now.

Iron Mountain hasn’t provided much detail about how exactly it is planning to achieve the improvements. In an email, a spokesperson said the company would use “geothermal cooling and infrastructure innovations, including air and water-side economization,” as well as better airflow containment.

The data centers in question are in Boston; Kansas City, Missouri; and just outside of Pittsburgh. The latter is Iron Mountain’s famous data center inside a limestone cave in Boyers, Pennsylvania.

Caves play a big role in the company’s history. Iron Mountain founder Herman Knaust was a mushroom grower and seller in early 20th century and bought a cave in New York State in the 1930s to expand his growing facilities, giving it the name Iron Mountain. The mushroom business eventually dried up, and during the Cold War Knaust pivoted to use company facilities as secure underground storage for corporate documents to protect them from destruction by the Bomb.

Today, Iron Mountain’s core business is still providing secure storage facilities for both companies and government agencies, except a lot of the information it stores now comes in digital form.


Sabey And McKinstry Announce U.S. Patent Of Mobile Commissioning Assistant For Data Centers

The Mobile Commissioning Assistant will obsolete the legacy use of costly load banks and rack-mounted fan systems.
Sabey Data Centers and McKinstry have jointly announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for Sabey’s new and innovative Mobile Commissioning Assistant.
The new cart-mounted, portable apparatus is designed to replace a costly legacy testing methodology that employs heat-generating load banks and separate fan units to simulate the heat density of a full server load and test the capacity of air-handling systems within a data center.

The device allows data center developers to test both power and airflow in data centers that use hot aisle containment. It provides a real-life commissioning environment in a manner that simple load banks cannot attain.
Invented by John Sasser, Sabey Data Centers’ vice president of operations and built by McKinstry, the Mobile Commissioning Assistant will be produced and marketed under a business agreement with McKinstry. Both companies are based in Seattle. Interested parties may purchase the devices from Sabey’s partner, McKinstry.

John Sabey, president, Sabey Data Centers, said, “Cooling systems in data centers protect against equipment failure and significant revenue loss. Testing the capacity of these systems is a critical final step before the servers go live. But most data center operators rely on unwieldy load bank heaters that don’t simulate actual operating conditions. Our Mobile Commissioning Assistant uses a heating unit, a fan and an adjustable duct output to simulate both the thermal load and the airflow of a fully-operational data center with a hot-aisle containment system.”

“Data center capacity is typically described in terms of kilowatts, or kW. In other words, how many kilowatts of computing load the power systems can support. Electrically this makes sense in a system that has to support a certain number of kW. Mechanically, however, it’s not just the kW that is relevant, but also the airflow, measured in cubic feet/minute (CFM). Traditional load banks don’t adequately test airflow. You may leave a commissioning event thinking the systems work as designed, only to find later that there are airflow deficiencies,” Sasser said.

Each Mobile Commissioning Assistant produces 100kW of heat and pulls about 16,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of airflow, putting enough airflow into the room to simulate a 20° temperature differential between inlet (cooled air) temperature to the servers and exhaust air heated by the servers.

“For example, if there is a designed 300,000 CFM in the server room, in addition to supplying the heat, we will pull 300,000 CFM with about 18 Mobile Commissioning Assistant carts and then see if the air handlers can keep up, and the back-up uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units and generators can do what they were designed to do. This represents a much more realistic test and is today part of our standard commissioning process,” Sasser said.

“The Mobile Commissioning Assistant will pay for itself after only three commissioning event uses, compared to renting other commercially available equipment,” said Thomas Tellefson, McKinstry business development director.” It will accurately test the capacity of your cooling systems, thereby preventing catastrophic equipment failure. It will also allow the data center operator to avoid the inconvenience of renting testing equipment that really doesn’t test what the operator actually needs. The Mobile Commissioning Assistant is not only very useful in new construction, but in recommissioning facilities as well.”

“Servers don’t just emit heat. They also create airflow patterns throughout the data center. The Mobile Commissioning Assistant tests the cooling system’s capacity to handle this air pressure.” Tellefson added.


Made in Seattle: New device speeds up data center openings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded a patent to two Seattle-area companies for a machine used in the commissioning of data centers.

Sabey Data Centers and McKinstry got the patent for Sabey’s new “mobile commissioning assistant,” the companies said Monday. The assistant is a cart-mounted device that data center operators can use to test the power and airflow in data centers before launching operations.

A center operator has to keep the facility at the right temperature to protect against equipment failure. Testing the power and airflow is a key final step in the commissioning of a data center, which is full of computers that generate enormous amounts of heat while they run.

Cooling the facilities is a big challenge, though some, including McKinstry, have developed some creative solutions. The company is working with Amazon to heat the Seattle retailer’s new skyscrapers with the leftover heat from McKinstry’s nearby data centers.

Microsoft just developed a data center that can be immersed in water to keep it cool.

Still, most data centers must find ways to make sure the facilities are properly equipped before they turn on all the machines.

The standard way of testing the power and airflow through data centers relies on load bank heaters and separate fans. This equipment can be unwieldy and often has to be rented.

The new device allows developers to test both power and airflow. Sabey and McKinstry officials said this provides a more realistic environment in a way that load banks and separate fans cannot.

The new machine will speed up the commissioning process, according to the companies.

John Sasser, Sabey Data Center vice president of operations, invented the commissioning assistant, which design-building company McKinstry is making and marketing.

The cost of the assistant ranges from $20,000 to $25,000 and depends on the quantity ordered, according to a McKinstry spokesperson, who added that to date 20 units have been sold.

McKinstry Business Development Director Thomas Tellefson said the device will pay for itself after three uses.


 

Marc Stiles Staff Writer Puget Sound Business Journal

Sabey and McKinstry Announce U.S. Patent of a Testing System to Speed the Commissioning of New Data Centers

Invented by Sabey Data Centers engineer John Sasser, the portable device will obsolete the legacy use of costly load banks and rack-mounted fan systems

Providing a real life commissioning environment in a manner that simple load banks cannot attain

Seattle, WA, February 22, 2016 – Sabey Data Centers, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned multi-tenant data center owners and developers, and McKinstry a full-service design, build, operate and maintain firm, jointly announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for Sabey’s new and innovative Mobile Commissioning Assistant.

The new cart-mounted, portable apparatus is designed to replace a costly legacy testing methodology that employs heat-generating load banks and separate fan units to simulate the heat density of a full server load and test the capacity of air handling systems within a data center.

The device allows data center developers to test both power and airflow in data centers that use hot aisle containment. It provides a real-life commissioning environment in a manner that simple load banks cannot attain.

Invented by John Sasser, Sabey Data Centers’ Vice President of Operations and built by McKinstry, the Mobile Commissioning Assistant will be produced and marketed under a business agreement with McKinstry. Both companies are based in Seattle, WA. Interested parties may purchase the devices from Sabey’s partner, McKinstry.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “Cooling systems in data centers protect against equipment failure and significant revenue loss. Testing the capacity of these systems is a critical final step before the servers go live. But most data center operators rely on unwieldy load bank heaters that don’t simulate actual operating conditions. Our Mobile Commissioning Assistant uses a heating unit, a fan and an adjustable duct output to simulate both the thermal load and the airflow of a fully-operational data center with a hot-aisle containment system.”

Mr. Sasser said, “Data center capacity is typically described in terms of kilowatts, or kW. In other words, how many kilowatts of computing load the power systems can support. Electrically this makes sense in a system that has to support a certain number of kW. Mechanically, however, it’s not just the kW that is relevant, but also the airflow, measured in cubic feet/minute (CFM). Traditional load banks don’t adequately test airflow. You may leave a commissioning event thinking the systems work as designed, only to find later that there are airflow deficiencies.”

Each Mobile Commissioning Assistant produces 100kW of heat and pulls about 16,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of airflow, putting enough airflow into the room to simulate a 20° temperature differential between inlet (cooled air) temperature to the servers and exhaust air heated by the servers.

Mr. Sasser explained, “For example, if there is a designed 300,000 CFM in the server room, in addition to supplying the heat, we will pull 300,000 CFM with about 18 Mobile Commissioning Assistant carts and then see if the air handlers can keep up, and the back-up uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units and generators can do what they were designed to do. This represents a much more realistic test and is today part of our standard commissioning process.”

“The Mobile Commissioning Assistant will pay for itself after only three commissioning event uses, compared to renting other commercially available equipment,” said Thomas Tellefson, McKinstry business development director.” It will accurately test the capacity of your cooling systems, thereby preventing catastrophic equipment failure. It will also allow the data center operator to avoid the inconvenience of renting testing equipment that really doesn’t test what the operator actually needs. The Mobile Commissioning Assistant is not only very useful in new construction, but in recommissioning facilities as well.”

Mr. Tellefson added, “Servers don’t just emit heat. They also create airflow patterns throughout the data center. The Mobile Commissioning Assistant tests the cooling system’s capacity to handle this air pressure.”


About Sabey Data Center Properties
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabeydatacenters.com.

About McKinstry
McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With nearly 2,000 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.” For more information, visit www.mckinstry.com.

 

 

 

 

Hit me with your best shot: Intergate.Manhattan is tested again by Mother Nature

Winter Storm Jonas pelts Lower Manhattan with blizzard conditions on January 23, 2016. Photo from the Intergate.Manhattan high-rise data center shows approach and exit ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge, with City Hall at upper center. A city-wide motor vehicle travel ban was imposed just hours later. Credit: Sabey Data Centers

Winter Storm Jonas pelts Lower Manhattan with blizzard conditions on January 23, 2016. Photo from the Intergate.Manhattan high-rise data center shows approach and exit ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge, with City Hall at upper center. A city-wide motor vehicle travel ban was imposed just hours later.
Credit: Sabey Data Centers

Over a 36-hour period on the weekend of January 23-24 winter storm Jonas dumped 27 inches of snow on New York City and the surrounding area. Residents experienced historic blizzard conditions with winds gusting to 60 miles per hour, as airlines cancelled more than 13,000 flights and millions of residents along the Eastern Seaboard were stuck at home because of impassable roads and highways.

For many New Yorkers, the Blizzard of 2016 conjured images of Super Storm Sandy three years earlier, with its full lunar high tides and coastal flooding driven by gale-force winds.

Once again, Sabey Data Centers’ Intergate.Manhattan facility stood tall and unscathed as Mother Nature tried her best to shut the city down. Did Intergate.Manhattan and its mission critical data center customers miraculously dodge Jonas’s winter blasts? The real story is that the building at 375 Pearl Street was planned from the start and sited to withstand a Hundred Year Storm – that’s one of the reasons why Sabey Data Centers owns the building where leading companies who want to be in Manhattan keep their critical infrastructure.

By design, Intergate.Manhattan can prevail through a 50’ storm surge – or even higher — which would put most of Manhattan Island’s streets under water. There was no water intrusion from Jonas, or through the façade from any wind driven snow. The data center’s new emergency generator plant wasn’t needed, but if it had been called up, 375 Pearl Street holds enough backup diesel fuel to support several days of full operations.

‘Having it and not needing it is far better than needing it and not having it’ said John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Center Properties.

Sabey’s in-house design team planned early in the design process for Intergate.Manhattan to mitigate the effects of similar events and optimize and enhance the property’s original robust design. Sabey commented, “Staying up during Sandy, and most recently, Jonas without interruption should give our present and future data center clients the unsurpassed and unique level of comfort of choosing Manhattan not only for their business, but their critical business infrastructure.”

To schedule a walkthrough of this resilient property please email info@sabey.com

ZenFi Establishes Presence At Sabey Data Centers’ Intergate.Manhattan

Honolulu, HI January 18, 2016 – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties today announces at Asia-Pacific’s premier telecommunications event, PTC’16, that ZenFi, New York’s carrier-neutral fronthaul and backhaul dark fiber provider, has signed a licensing agreement to support its expanding operations and provide dark fiber connectivity to existing and future tenants at Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey’s data center at 375 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan.

ZenFi will deliver a highly flexible and scalable fiber network to both enterprise and data center customers at Intergate.Manhattan. The ZenFi Access Network architecture was built to deliver distributed dark fiber connectivity between carrier hotels, enterprise buildings, light poles, and street structures – Any Pair. Anywhere™. The Company’s latest installation at Sabey’s 375 Pearl Street facility was selected for its proximity to the vibrant commercial district of downtown Manhattan and the Lower East Side.

“We look forward to helping ZenFi realize its vision of connecting ‘any pair, anywhere’ with dark fiber connecting carrier hotels, office buildings, and on-street locations,” states John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Center Properties. “This strategic partnership will effectively empower the Internet of Things.”

To date, the fiber optic network carriers who have signed licensing agreements with Sabey at Intergate.Manhattan have included multiple providers offering redundant and diverse paths to and from the building. As per this licensing agreement with ZenFi, Sabey can now offer Intergate.Manhattan’s tenants dark fiber along with its full suite of facilities-based services, including lit transport, Ethernet, SONET, wavelength, IP services, Internet access, and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection.

“One of ZenFi’s unique offerings is our ability to install pole-top DAS small cell, and carrier WiFi nodes on light poles, traffic poles, street signs, and other fiber-to-the-curb applications as part of our Mobile Telecom Franchise Agreement with the City of New York,” states Ray La Chance, ZenFi President and CEO. “The Intergate.Manhattan facility was an ideal hub to aggregate our Access Network that serves these pole-top applications. Tenants within Intergate.Manhattan can now leverage the ZenFi Network to connect anywhere in the City on a dedicated, dark fiber platform.”

To request a meeting with Sabey Data Center Properties at PTC’16, email info@sabeydatacenters.com. For more information about Sabey Data Center Properties, visit Sabey Data Center Properties.

To request a meeting with ZenFi at PTC’16, email zenfi@imillerpr.com. For more information about ZenFi, visit www.ZenFi.com or email info@ZenFi.com.

About Sabey Data Center Properties

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabey.com.

About ZenFi

ZenFi owns and operates a carrier-neutral dark fiber network specializing in fronthaul, backhaul and wavelength connectivity to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). Its New York City purpose-built network is the infrastructure that underlies and enables connectivity in today’s mobile world. For more information, please visit: www.ZenFi.com.

NYC’s Finance Department to lease 175K sf at former Verizon Building


NYC Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha and a rendering of 375 Pearl Street

The city’s Department of Finance is planning to lease 175,000 square feet of office space at Sabey Data Centers’ repositioning of the former Verizon Building at 375 Pearl Street in the Financial District.

The DOF, led by Commissioner Jacques Jiha, is seeking final approval to occupy the 26th through 30th floors at the 1.1 million-square-foot tower Dave Sabey’s Seattle-based firm bought a controlling interest in along with Young Woo and Associates in 2011 for $120 million.

A CBRE leasing team led by Gerry Miovski, Gregg Rothkin and Zakery Snider referred questions to a Sabey spokesperson, who confirmed the deal and said the building’s façade renovation should be completed later this year. Asking rents in the building range from $45 to $51 per square foot.

Rising 32 stories at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, 375 Pearl is often derided as one of the most aesthetically offensive buildings in the city, with a near monolithic limestone exterior interrupted only by small strips of black windows that, for a long time, were boarded up from the inside.

Sabey and his team are in the middle of a renovation that will remove portions of the building’s exterior and replace them with a curtain-wall structure.

As a result of its former life as a telephone switching center, 375 Pearl is one of the best-connected buildings in the city, and is engineered to withstand a nuclear blast.

Last year, the NYPD leased 18,000 square feet on the building’s 22nd floor.

Sabey Data Centers Appoints Robert K. Rockwood as Eastern Region Head

Sabey Data Centers Appoints Robert K. Rockwood as Eastern Region Head

Rockwood Will Fill a New Position Created to Direct Sabey’s Expansion on the East Coast

Seattle, October 6, 2015 – Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that it has appointed Rob Rockwood, (55), as Senior Vice President, Eastern Region, a new position created to direct the company’s expansion on the East Coast.

In his new position, Mr. Rockwood will supervise Sabey Data Centers’ business growth in the eastern United States as it continues to attract data center customers and office tenants to its million-square-foot Intergate.Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street in New York City and it proceeds with the construction and launch of the new Intergate.Ashburn data center in northern Virginia.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “Rob has an impressive scope of business and technical knowledge. He has deep experience with data centers and understands solution based selling to an educated customer base. He also has experience within the New York market and is very familiar with the Ashburn, VA product supply and development criteria for new data centers in that area.”

Mr. Rockwood most recently was the owner of Faris Group, a consulting firm. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of CoreSite, LLC, the national, carrier-neutral provider of data centers, colocation, and peering. At CoreSite until 2014, he was involved with virtually every aspect of data center development and management since shortly after the company’s founding in 2001..

Mr. Rockwood said, “I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to be part of Sabey Data Centers’ business development team on the East Coast. I hope to reinforce the success of Intergate.Manhattan, and help direct the launch of our new data center planned for Ashburn, VA. Having spent many years in the Washington, DC and northern Virginia data center market, I can attest to its potential and importance within the data center industry.”

Mr. Rockwood holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Rockwood was a combat engineer officer in the United States Army.

About Sabey Data Center Properties
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies.