May 29, 2013 - 10:34 AM
Within a year of breaking ground a $75 million internet data centre overlooking the Thompson River in Kamloops should be ready to officially open this summer—but the facility won't be the same as others they've built in the past.
Telus claims the data centre, located next to the Q9 data centre near the corner of McGill Road and Bunker Road, will use 80 per cent less power than an average facility of its size – 215,000 square feet. Comprised of seven modules the centre is also designed to meet the gold standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is considered one of the most advanced cloud-computing data centres in North America.
"Our Kamloops Data Centre will offer unsurpassed connectivity, superior functionality, state-of-the art security and industry-leading reliability for our clients, whilst creating 200 construction jobs and 75 long-term skilled technical jobs in the community," CEO Darren Entwistle said at the ground-breaking last year.
In addition to creating construction and permanent positions within the community the company has contributed nearly $1 million to community organizations through a fund-raising program and a grassroots community board. As well, company employees and retirees donated more than $1.2 million and volunteered about 80,000 hours to organizations in Kamloops between 2000-2012.
The data centre is one of several infrastructure investments totalling $1 billion made by Telus in B.C. this year. Another $25 million in infrastructure upgrades – upgrading of the wireless network 4G LTE - was set for Kamloops between 2012-2015.
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