www.marejournal.com Real Estate Journal — May 11 - 24, 2018 — 9A ACA receives Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $500,000 ACA International to invest $52 million for 130,000 s/f data center in Virginia Beach, VA M id A tlantic


and also serve as the cable landing station for future subsea telecommunications cables. ACA International will also create 30 jobs with aver- age annual salaries of $59,000. Completion is anticipated in 4th quarter of 2019. “Virginia Beach is the new center for coastal continen- tal edge ultra-high speed global telecommunications on the East Coast with new connectivity options being developed connecting Europe, Africa, and LATAM,” said Joel Ogren, president and CEO for ACA International. “The city, especially the Economic Development Department, has been extremely proactive in creating the framework to take advantage of the next stage of global digital infra- structure. The future of cities depends on their ability to connect globally as efficiently and effectively as possible,

and Virginia Beach is now on par with other top tier cities around the world.” Since 2015, ACA Interna- tional has been involved in multiple undersea network projects and international telecom strategies and fea- sibility studies and serves clients in the United States, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. The company provides strategy, project planning, development and oversight of broadband, satellite, sub-sea cables, wireless/mobility and smart city planning. “Virginia Beach has cap- tured the world’s attention with the fastest subsea data cables installed by Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director War- ren Harris . “Businesses in Virginia Beach can reach customers in Europe, Africa,

the Middle East and South America more quickly and ef- ficiently than from anywhere else in the world. Additional cables are being planned and will be announced later this year that will provide even more incentives to estab- lish data centers in Virginia Beach.” The Virginia Beach De- velopment Authority has awarded ACA International an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $500,000 based on the company’s total capital investment of $52 million. Corporate Landing is a 325-acre publicly developed business park owned by the Virginia Beach Development Authority. Virginia Beach has laid the ground work for a world-class telecommunica- tions system complete with 163 acres of available sites, certified power requirements

by Dominion Energy, and available fiber access hubs. Additional benefits that Vir- ginia Beach provides include a low cost of doing business, reduced property taxes for data centers, no machinery and tools tax and a highly skilled workforce. The city’s infrastructure and economic potential have been ranked in the top 10 for mid-sized cities in the Western Hemisphere. The mission of the Vir- ginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital invest- ment and create jobs. The Department of Economic De- velopment received re-accred- itation through the Interna- tional Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. 

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Hill, Virginia, has announced plans to invest $52 million in Virginia Beach to open a 130,000 s/f data center. ACA International is pur- chasing a 10.2-acre site in Cor- porate Landing Business Park from the Virginia Beach Development Authority for $2.04 million. The company will build a 130,000 s/f facil- ity that will house its new corporate headquarter offices, a tier III data center providing neutral co-location services Washington, DC — Common Good City Farm and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. broke ground today on the final portion of a storage shed that will assist the farm in housing more seasonal pro- duce that can be used by the community. Common Good City Farm is a non-profit ur- ban farm and education center located on a half-acre plot in LeDroit Park. Consigli will be donating their time for this project. The farm uses sustainable urban farming techniques and includes a vegetable garden, fruit orchard, beehives, and a composting system. In addi- tion to being a community food source, Common Good City Farm is an outdoor learning center, offering agricultural workshops and youth educa- tion. The Farm is located on D.C. Parks and Recreation land and is part of the De- partment’s efforts to connect residents to their local envi- ronment.

Common Good City Farm and Consigli Construction BreakGround on final portion of WashingtonDC project

Shown from left: Andy Miller, Consigli Construction; Eric Tievy, Consigli Construction; Sam Wetzel; Janet Bloomberg, AIA, WAF; Allen Lew, Washington Architectural Foundation; Taylor Scott; Kenan Dunson

In 2017, the Washington Architectural Foundation and Catholic University’s School of Architecture worked with a team of high-school students who helped design a storage shed for the farm so more sea- sonal produce could be used by the community. This project is

a unique use of D.C. Depart- ment of Parks and Recreation land, which allows for people to actually improve their health through healthy food. The first part of the shed, for dry storage, was completed last year. Work on the final portion began today.

“Our Foundation’s mission is to bring design to the com- munity and this structure, small though it may be, shows the power of that,” said Mary Fitch, Executive Vice Presi- dent of the Washington Ar- chitectural Foundation. “This project involved high school

students, college students, architects and local citizens all with the common goal to support healthy food in our community.” The Foundation is partnering on this project with Consigli, KUBE Archi- tecture and Matthew J. Daw, PE.

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