Data Foundry plans new Austin data center, city permits show

Posted September 7th, 2016

Data Foundry Inc. is building a new data center called Texas 2 in Austin, according to city permits.  

The Austin-based data center operator, which has been in Austin since 1994, recently filed for a building permit for an interior buildout at 4100 Smith School Road in Southeast Austin, with the work valued at just under $23.5 million, documents filed with the city of Austin show.  

Permits filed in April show the building’s shell is expected to cost $16 million.

Data Foundry did not return calls and emails seeking comment.  

In late May of 2010, Data Foundry announced plans for Texas 1, a data center to be built in two phases on Smith School Road that would represent an investment of about $150 million. It was part of a second wave of data center construction in Austin at the time, and Data Foundry said that its project would be the biggest data center constructed in Austin in more than a decade.  

The first phase of Texas 1 – totaling 130,000 square feet -- opened in 2011.  

Data Foundry’s new building permit was first reported last week by BuildZoom, which tracks building permits around the country and helps consumers find contractors.  

Highly automated data centers, which house computer, server and networking systems for companies, generally don’t employ more than a few dozen workers. However, Data Foundry told the American-Statesman in 2011 that its Texas 1 project could generate a few hundred jobs, both direct and indirect, once tenants started locating there.  

Austin is seen as a desirable location for data centers. Data Foundry’s website notes that Austin is in an area “that is one of North America’s safest from the effects of natural disasters that could affect mission-critical operations.” The website lists customers including Whataburger, Buc-ee’s, Bazaarvoice and SolarWinds.