The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to a consortium led by DPR Construction to build a massive new data center for the National Security Agency.

Under the contract, the 1.5 million-square-foot facility will be built south of Salt Lake City at Camp Williams. Joining DPR as primary partners in the project are Balfour Beatty US of Dallas and Big D Construction of Salt Lake City.

DPR, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., has considerable experience in the data center business. Its clients include 365 Main, Charles Schwab, E*Trade, Equinix, and Fortune Data Centers. It is also currently working on construction of the new Facebook data center in Prineville, Ore.

Aspects of the data center’s operations are being kept under wraps, but officials have previously stated that it will support the government’s National Cybersecurity Initiative, a program President George W. Bush launched in 2008.

During a press conference in October 2009, NSA Deputy Director Glenn Gaffney said one of the center’s missions will be to detect possible attacks on the nation’s cyber networks. He added the facility would provide assistance to the Homeland Security Department and provide intelligence regarding cybersecurity threats.

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




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