Microsoft, which has surged into the lead in artificial intelligence with its $10B investment in ChatGPT and Open AI, is taking a leadership position in building the new and expanded data center infrastructure that will be needed to support artificial intelligence.

The Redmond, WA-based tech giant disclosed this week that it is planning a new 750K SF hyperscale data center campus in Quincy, WA, about 20 miles from Microsoft's core Washington data center hub.

Known as the Malaga project, the 102.5-acre campus will encompass three 250K SF server farms on a site Microsoft acquired for $9.2M last April. Construction begins in June, with delivery of the first building in 18 months; the campus is expected to be completed by 2027.

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