History

Scott Data Center has been in continual operation since 2006, and is now one of only two multi-tenant data centers in the country to achieve Tier III Certification in both design and construction from the Uptime Institute. Here’s how we got there:

2002 – The Campus Begins

  • Walter Scott Jr., Chairman of Level 3 Communications and an industry leader, invests in 20 acres of land in midtown Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Through the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation, Mr. Scott establishes the Scott Technology Center, a campus for technology incubation, technology transfer, and data center offerings.
  • The initial 60,000 square foot facility serves as a technology incubator as well as a collaboration space between industry, government, and academia.

2005 – The Scott Technology Center Campus Expands

  • A second 80,000 square foot facility on the Scott Technology Center campus is erected.
  • The facility is designed to house global operation centers and satellite monitoring laboratories for Fortune 500 companies.
  • The Scott Technology Center is now a growing technology presence in Omaha.

2006 – Scott Data Center Is Born

  • Scott Data Center’s first phase of construction is completed.
  • The 50,000 square foot facility meets stringent criteria for both Department of Defense and National Intelligence Community physical and electronic security, redundancy, and reliability.
  • The facility also meets Tier III specifications for data center operations.

2008 – Scott Data Center Expands

  • Scott Data Center adds an additional 30,000 square feet of facilities.
  • Mirroring the construction of the 2006 facility, and physically attached to the original data center, the 2008 addition is specifically focused on private sector users.
  • Within 6 months of completion, the Scott Data Center addition has occupants of highly regulated industries, including health care, insurance, and financial services.
  • The Scott Data Center now offers a total of 80,000 square feet of facilities.

2010 – Co-Location Space Added, Power Upgraded

  • Based on growing demand, Scott Data Center adds co-location space and begins the process of upgrading power to the original 50,000 square feet of data center.
  • While embarking on the design phase of the power upgrade, Scott Data Center engages the Uptime Institute to begin the process of achieving Tier III Design Certification.

2011 – Tier III Design Certification

  • February 4, 2011, the Uptime Institute names Scott Data Center the 21st Tier III Design Certified facility
  • Tier III Design Certification makes Scott Data Center Nebraska’s first Tier Certified data center and the region’s only multi-tenant, Tier III certified data center.
  • In the spring, Scott Data Center prepares to break ground and begin construction on the Tier III Certified design.
  • The design adds a 20 megawatt central plant in support of the Scott Data Center, and brings the total Scott Data Center square footage to more than 110,000 square feet.

2012 – Expansion Complete, Tier III Design and Construction Certification Achieved

  • Scott Data Center renovation and central plant expansion are complete, and the 20 megawatt plant is online.
  • June 2012, the Scott Data Center becomes the first multi-tenant data center in Nebraska and only the second in the United States to receive Tier III Certification in both design and construction from the Uptime Institute.