Compass Datacenters will build a campus on 225 acres of land at the northwest corner of Bullard Avenue and Yuma Road in Goodyear, with future phases to include six additional data centers.
The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved an agreement at a recent meeting.
The first phase, delivering a combined 72 MW of IT load, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. At full build-out, the eight data centers will be over 1.8 million square feet, equivalent to 31 football fields and capable of 350 MW. In addition, the project will improve power infrastructure, which benefits the city in the long term.
“Compass Datacenters is a world-class company and a magnificent addition to our growing technology base,” Mayor Georgia Lord said.
“The city and Compass are working together in an effort to provide our community with high-end jobs and high-tech solutions. Goodyear is quickly becoming a dynamic location for tech companies and knowledge workers. We are excited to have Compass as a valued partner in this red-hot market.”
Compass CEO Chris Crosby said the greater Phoenix area was a natural step for the company.
“It’s an important location for cloud and hyperscale customers, due to its geographic location, availability of fiber connectivity, affordable cost of data center operations, and the rarity of natural disasters,” Crosby said.
“We have been working closely with a number of cloud, colocation and hyperscale customers. These data centers will allow customers to reduce their on-going operating costs and will provide them with complete control over every element of the building — including security, campus network connectivity, operations and maintenance —all on the aggressive timeline they demand.”
Goodyear officials, APS and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council worked together to assist Compass in bringing its facility to the city.
“Data management and storage are critically important in our modern world, and Goodyear is an attractive destination for companies like Compass that provide these vital high-tech services,” said Michael Martin, APS’ director of economic development.
“This shows again what can be done with strong economic development partnerships and access to clean, reliable energy to help our communities grow and prosper.”
GPEC President and CEO Chris Camacho said greater Phoenix is rapidly becoming the leading market for data centers in the United States.
“The region’s ideal southwest location offers very low risk of natural disasters, low latency, robust infrastructure and close proximity to a broad customer base,” Camacho said. “Data drives innovation, and we’re excited that Compass Datacenters selected Goodyear as the next step for their strategic company growth.”
The campus model is a natural evolution of Compass’ business model, delivering dedicated data centers with industry-leading delivery timeframes and cost efficiency. The Goodyear campus offers three diverse fiber paths and new power infrastructure with a 230kV substation adjacent to the site.
Compass Datacenters joins the growing list of high-caliber technology companies including Vantage and Stream Data Centers, which were both announced earlier this year.