Despite Worse Winter in 30 Years Compass DataCenters & Balfour Beatty Project Earns LEED Gold by U.S. Green Building Council

Despite Worse Winter in 30 Years Compass DataCenters & Balfour Beatty Project Earns LEED Gold by U.S. Green Building Council

Completed Data Center Delivered in 6-Month Timeline
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

CONTENT: Press Release

Dallas, TX and Shakopee, MN, May 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Compass Datacenters and general contractor Balfour Beatty Construction have completed construction of Compass’ first data center in the Minneapolis market. The completed data center has been delivered to CenturyLink Technology Solutions. The standalone, Tier III-certified data center is expandable to 6 MW and 100,000 sf to meet the long-term needs of CenturyLink and its clients. In addition to Tier III certification from Uptime Institute, the facility is certified as LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The completion of this facility within our six-month timeline is a remarkable feat given the weather conditions in the upper Midwest this year. By all accounts, this was one of the harshest Minnesota winters in 30 years, including 69 days at the construction site that were below 0° F. Anyone who keeps an eye on the construction industry knows it wreaked havoc on projects in the region. But despite all the obstacles Mother Nature threw at us, we completed this important project on time for CenturyLink, including the personalization elements that ensure the facility looks and feels like a CenturyLink Technology Solutions building,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters.

“This was a great collaboration between Compass and the team here at Balfour Beatty Construction. Compass’ design of the data center, its engineering methodology, and its use of a lean model for data center delivery were all very comfortable for us to work with because they employ best practices used in modern methods of construction,” said Mark Layman, Chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction.

Crosby added: “This is a great validation of the effort and expertise of the Compass team and our partners. It also demonstrates how our facility design, engineering methodology and construction practices come together to enable us to deliver hardened, dedicated data centers just six months from the initial ground breaking.”

For more information about the facility and how CenturyLink will use it as a foundation for its growth in Minneapolis, read more here.

About Balfour Beatty Construction
An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector. With more than 3,000 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive. To learn more about the company, visit or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Compass Datacenters
Compass Datacenters builds natural disaster-resistant, Tier III-certified, LEED Gold, dedicated data centers where customers need them without forcing them to sacrifice features or performance. The innovative design of its facilities make it possible for Compass Datacenters to deliver state-of-the-art solutions that enhance control and simplify capacity planning for customers anywhere in the United States, serving the vast majority of companies that are not located in the few markets where geographically-constrained data center facilities are currently concentrated. For more information, visit

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Compass Datacenters
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