Economic Growth Initiative Grant for Iron Mountain’s National Data Center

By: In: Data Centers On: Oct 15, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett recently awarded Iron Mountain a $2 million state grant to support the expansion of our National Data Center, located near Pittsburgh.  Iron Mountain’s National Data Center is certainly one-of-a-kind.  The facility, widely known as “The Underground,” is a former limestone mine that spans 145 acres, 220 feet below ground. Over the next five years, Iron Mountain will continue to invest in technology advancements for the National Data Center.  This grant will support the continued investment in our energy-efficient geothermal infrastructure.

“Most traditional data centers rely on air to direct cool a data center. The energy required to power and cool those data centers is quite expensive,” states Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager, Iron Mountain data centers business. “The unique environment for Iron Mountain’s underground data center allows us to reduce those costs by leveraging cooling mechanisms from using hybrid water, air and rock.  The grant awarded to us by the Corbett Administration will allow us to continue to invest in leveraging those natural elements to cool the data center.”

You may be wondering – what are the geothermal properties of an underground data center facility?  Here are just a few:

  • Low ambient temperature and natural geothermal cooling, which enable a low Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE).
  • Limestone walls and ceilings that absorb heat and provide consistent temperatures of approximately 52 degrees F.
  • An underground lake which cools hot air dissipated from the data center, and then returns it to the data center for a natural and efficient cooling process.

If you are interested in learning more about how Iron Mountain uses the geothermal properties of The Underground to cool our data center colocation facilities, see our Charles Doughty’s recent article: Tomorrow’s Data Centers: Mother Nature Cools Best.

Making the data center power management breakthroughs of The Underground available to data center colocation customers is just one of the innovations Iron Mountain is bringing to the data center market. To read more about Iron Mountain Data Centers, please visit

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Carol Genis

Carol Genis is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Iron Mountain Data Centers. In this role, she is responsible for the communication of integrated solutions that allow our customers to extract more value from their data center deployments. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Ms. Genis served in similar roles at IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Follow me on Twitter @CGenis