Five bidders are in the running for a giant contract to build a new data center in Utah for the National Security Agency, a group that was whittled down from an initial 12, the Associated Press reported.

The five bidders are on a short list to build a $1.7 billion data center, which will serve as the information headquarters for the NSA. The data center, to be built on the National Guard’s Camp Williams, will be used to combat cyberwarfare, NSA Deputy Director Glenn Gaffney said at a news conference announcing the project in October.

“The reason we are doing the center is because of the deep level of technical expertise that’s needed to understand the nature of the threat, and then how we use the information about that threat throughout the intelligence community,” Gaffney said at the time.

The data center will occupy about 1 million square feet and will be completely self-contained. Specifications call for the building to have its own water supply, sewer system, backup power, and anti-terrorism defenses.

The five bidding teams identified by the Associated Press are Whiting-Turner of Baltimore, Md., and Dynamic Systems of Austin, Texas; Turner Construction of New York, Kiewit Building Group of Omaha, Neb., and Jacobsen Construction of Salt lake City; Skansa USA Building of Parsippany, N.J., and Oakland Construction of Salt lake City; Balfour Beatty Construction of Dallas, DPR Construction of Redwood City, Calif., and Big-D Construction of Salt Lake City; and Hensel Phelps Construction of Greeley, Colo.

The data center will create 10,000 construction jobs and will employ about 200 once completed. It will also be a huge power user, consuming about 65 megawatts of power – enough to keep the lights on at every home in Salt Lake City.

 

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