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Data Centers working group

Campus committee to review proposed project for The Data Centers


4:11 p.m., Sept. 24, 2013--The University of Delaware has formed an internal working group as part of its continuing evaluation of the proposed construction and operations plans for The Data Centers, LLC. The data storage and management company signed a lease agreement this summer to locate a facility on the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. 

The internal group is tasked with evaluating the proposed facility’s impact on the STAR Campus and on the surrounding community. The group intends to engage independent third-party engineering consultants, who will review the technical plans, and report any concerns to Provost Domenico Grasso and Executive Vice President Scott Douglass.

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UD has been evaluating The Data Centers project using the same process it has employed with other partners on the STAR Campus. As The Data Centers finalizes its plans for the site, including the construction of a cogeneration facility, UD will continue its due diligence, conducting a site assessment and a comprehensive review of design and infrastructure planning. A patent for the proposed design of the adjoining cogeneration facility is currently being pursued and is governed by a confidentiality agreement. The Data Centers will share details regarding the design with UD and the working group as they are finalized. 

On its website, The Data Centers has compiled answers to dozens of questions concerning this proposed facility. UD community members may submit comments about The Data Centers’ project to, which will be forwarded to the working group.

The working group includes faculty and senior administrators who are involved in STAR Campus development and who can offer expertise that will be critical to UD’s evaluation of the project. Members are Alan Brangman, vice president for facilities, real estate and auxiliary services; Jeremy Firestone, professor of marine policy and director of UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration; Andy Lubin, director of real estate; Kathy Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences; Babatunde Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering; and Charlie Riordan, vice provost for research.

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