Knoxville site named first metro-area primary data center site by TVA and Deloitte

TVA and Deloitte Consulting have approved the first metro-area primary data center site in Corridor Park in Knoxville.

July 18, 2013

Corridor Park is located on the Tennessee Technology Corridor, equally distant between Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport and Oak Ridge, the famed Manhattan Project installation and home to Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Corridor Park’s designated land use is for advanced scientific and technology research, as well as office, manufacturing and warehousing uses.

TVA has hired Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting to identify and evaluate locations for data centers in the seven-state TVA service area. Deloitte’s study found the 10.6-acre site in Knoxville readily accessible to transportation, with a strong telecommunications infrastructure and full availability of reliable electricity ─ all criteria for a primary site for a data center company.

To be considered a metro site, the location must have at least 10 acres, a minimum of 5 megawatts of power capacity and diverse fiber optic feeds available. Knoxville is one of only 20 available data center sites designated by Deloitte Consulting and TVA as “primary ready for development.”

TVA Economic Development works with partners across the Valley to actively recruit companies in targeted industries, including data centers.

“Having this site identified as a primary data center location gives the Knox County area an advantage in the highly competitive site selection process,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president for Economic Development.

“I look forward to touting the advantages of the Knoxville site to intensive capital investment and high wage prospective data center end users,” said Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber. “Thanks to TVA and my local utility and development partners for helping us along in this process.”