Infocrossing Inc. has leased Cyber Fortress I, a 54,400-sf Internet data center at 45580 Terminal Dr. in Sterling, VA. This first lease for owner DataCentersNow advances the company’s plan to build these highly specialized structures on a speculative basis.

“It is the first speculative mission-critical facility developed in Northern Virginia,” says Chris Epstein Hereford, president of the firm, a division of BECO Management.

Data centers, which process e-commerce transactions, cell phone transmissions and Internet communications, are almost always custom-built to meet the specific needs of their tenants. They can cost hundreds of dollars a square foot to equip – and that’s the developer’s risk. “If the market were to dry up, you’re sitting with a very expensive warehouse. It’s equivalent to a class A suburban office building,” he says.

New Jersey-based Infocrossing will use the building to provide co-location facilities for Internet service providers, e-commerce companies and other businesses that outsource Internet activities. “We set out to meet the ‘need it now’ demand for data center-ready buildings in prime locations,” Hereford says.

Cyber Fortress I is under construction and expected to deliver in September. Also, DataCentersNow just broke ground on the first of three data centers planned for Infantry Ridge Road in Prince William County near Manassas as part of a $43 million project.

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