In a renovation to what an architecture critic once called a “disturbing” piece of architecture, 375 Pearl Street at one time was slated to become a Class A commercial office building. But now Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties has moved into the next phase of turning the 32-story, 1 million-square-foot former Verizon Building into Intergate.Manhattan: the largest high-rise data center in the world. Eventually, the facility will boast 40 megawatts of data center capacity using 600,000 square feet of the building’s floor space, with typical floor plans of 35,000 square feet. It will offer both powered shell (undeveloped space with fiber-optic connectivity which the tenant builds out) and turnkey (landlord builds or has built out the space).
Sabey began the physical transformation of 375 Pearl Street last year after purchasing the former Verizon Building in foreclosure, upgrading its climate, electrical, and other infrastructure systems to support its new functions. It’s also invested nearly $50 million in perimeter security for tenants’ peace of mind. Now, as of just a few weeks ago, Intergate.Manhattan is functioning, providing computing cycles to the New York Genome Center – the facility’s first tenant – for purposes of medical research.
“Ensuring that institutions – whether they’re financial services firms or health care providers or life science pioneers like the New York Genome Center – can securely store, access and share data is key to our city’s tech future,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a recent press conference discussing the arrangement with NYGC. “That’s why Intergate.Manhattan is such an important addition to New York City’s data infrastructure and to our economy.” “This is the most complicated center of its kind in the world,” Dave Sabey, the founder and chief executive of Sabey Corporation, told The Observer when it reported the story for the first time last summer.
Still, there are concerns that, although Sabey plans to route clean hydroelectric power from its West Coast operations to the facility, 375 Pearl Street could be an energy hog. Whether that turns out to be the case remains to be seen. But with New York City’s increased attraction for the technology industry – from Google’s massive home at 111 Eighth Avenue to the planned Cornell campus on Roosevelt Island – facilities capable of serving these data-hungry companies will become increasingly critical for Gotham to remain competitive in attracting tech sector tenants.