MANASSAS, VA-Corporate Office Properties Trusthas executed a lease with a Fortune 100 Global consumer electronicsand technology company for 2 mega watts at its wholesale datacenter, COPT DC-6.

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The center has 9 operational MWs out of a total potentialcapacity of 18 MWs. With this new lease, 6.3 MWs of the datacenter's 9 operating MWs are committed, which increases thepercentage leased from 48% at June 30, 2013 to 70%.

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COPT DC-6 was the REIT's Power Loft @Innovation but the company has rebranded it. It is apurpose-built data center that bills itself as highly secure. "Thecaliber of the tenant and the size of this lease commitmentillustrate the effectiveness of our re-branding and marketingefforts surrounding COPT DC-6," Roger A. Waesche,Jr., president and CEO of COPT says in a preparedstatement. "We are pleased to see meaningful progress towardstabilizing this asset."

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Manassas' data center market tightening measurably in the fourthquarter of 2012, Steve Budorick, EVP and COO,noted in the REIT's earning call last quarter. In April, heestimated that the Northern Virginia market has approximately 11megawatts of wholesale capacity in Tier 3 properties that arecompetitive to DC-6. "We are currently tracking sufficient demandto fill DC-6 remaining capacity and the users behind that demandcontinue to be methodical in their decision-making," he toldlisteners on the call. "We expect the market supply will continueto tighten in the coming quarters."

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He also said the REIT is working additional prospects to providedeployment scale above 250 watts per square foot.

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