Construction on Amazon’s second datacenter campus in the Central Ohio area is expected to begin by the end of the year.
The Amazon datacenter in Hilliard will be the largest in the region — an area that has been touted as Ohio’s Silicon Valley.
The region has had an influx of construction jobs thanks to numerous datacenters being built by a variety of technology companies. Both Google and Facebook are currently constructing datacenters in New Albany. Amazon has another datacenter campus in Hilliard, as well as separate datacenter buildings in Dublin and New Albany.
The Columbus area is also home to other numerous, smaller datacenters.
The new Amazon datacenter campus in Hilliard will create over 600 jobs for members of the building trades over the next two years, including jobs for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.
Located on 104 acres between Cosgray and Leppert Roads, the campus will cost more than $200 million to build, Hilliard Economic Development Director David Meadows told Columbus Business First.
Columbus Business First reported that Amazon acquired the necessary property via two land deals:
- One with the City of Hillard for $11.76 million
- One with the Hilliard City School District for $2.8 million
Project renderings of the facility feature five buildings with a power station on the Hilliard property. Trees will screen the view of the buildings from the surrounding area.
Columbus Business First also reported that Google recently purchased 618 acres in Lancaster and Columbus last month, “for potential future datacenter locations.”