DPK Hillside LLC Proposing 245,000 Sq Ft Data Center

DPK Hillside LLC Proposing 245,000 Sq Ft Data Center

In the vibrant suburb of Hillside, Chicago, a groundbreaking project is taking shape that promises to redefine the local landscape and set new standards for the construction of digital infrastructure. DPK Hillside, LLC, in partnership with Newcastle Partners, is poised to embark on the development of a two-story, 245,000-square-foot data center at 101 N. Wolf Rd., marking a significant step forward in meeting the burgeoning demand for data storage and processing facilities nationwide.

Situated on a sprawling 13-acre tract adjacent to the Hillside CarMax, this ambitious project stands as a testament to the evolving needs of the digital economy.

Village Free Press reports that the proposed data center, designed by the acclaimed architecture firm Ware Malcomb, aims to cater to hyperscale customers, requiring state-of-the-art construction techniques and environmental considerations to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding community.


Construction Insights

The development of such a large-scale facility presents unique challenges and opportunities for workers in the construction field.

The following are key aspects of the project that highlight its significance:


 - Innovative Design and Layout: Construction professionals will have the chance to engage with cutting-edge architectural designs that prioritize efficiency and sustainability.

The plans include:


 - 62 parking spaces

 - Nine loading docks

 - 30 foot wide landscape buffers


 - Environmental Considerations: Addressing concerns of potential noise pollution, the project includes measures such as parapets for sound control and advanced lighting technology to minimize light pollution. These initiatives underscore the project's commitment to environmentally responsible construction practices.

 - Infrastructure Enhancements: The developers plan to mitigate noise and light pollution through technological improvements, showcasing how modern construction can harmonize with community standards. Moreover, the underground power delivery from McCook and stormwater management systems illustrate the intricate planning involved in minimizing environmental impact.

 - Community Impact: With an estimated construction timeframe of two years, the data center is expected to house one to two large-scale tenants and create employment opportunities for 15 to 39 workers. This aspect of the project highlights the broader economic benefits that construction can bring to local communities.

Addressing Challenges and Opportunities

The proposal's journey through the approval process, including unanimous support from the Hillside Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, reflects the collaborative effort required to bring such a project to fruition. Facing initial resistance and navigating legal challenges, the development team's perseverance demonstrates the complex interplay between innovation, community engagement, and regulatory compliance in modern construction projects.

The Hillside data center project represents a significant milestone in the expansion of digital infrastructure in the Chicago area. For workers in the construction field, it offers a unique opportunity to contribute to a project that not only meets the demands of the digital age but also respects the environment and the community. As the project moves from planning to execution, the construction industry looks forward to playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of digital infrastructure development.



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Posted by Judy Lamelza

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