June 22, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and local officials to break ground on the state-of-the-art Springfield Data Center (SDC). The SDC will serve as a secure housing facility for the state's electronic records and data systems while also providing critical backup for the Commonwealth's existing primary data center. When complete, the $110 million facility will be a national model for green technology.
The SDC will be built at the site of the former Technical High School, which closed in 1986 after more than 80 years. A substantial portion of the Elliot Street entry façade and three bays of the East and West facades of the Technical High School will be preserved under the project, including “The Technical High School” inscription above the front doors.
The 148,000-square-foot building is designed to drastically minimize energy use through efficiency measures and other design features. It will be constructed with the latest technologies in energy efficient data center infrastructure, sustainable building design and consolidated computer technology.
Construction on the data center will begin immediately and is expected to be complete by May 2012.