Switch data center in Round Rock on track to break ground by end of 2021

Courtesy Switch
Courtesy Switch

Courtesy Switch

Following the rezoning of land adjacent to the Dell Technologies global headquarters in July, Switch is working to complete due diligence and planning with the City of Round Rock to begin construction by the end of the year.

Switch is a high-performing computing technology infrastructure company based out of Las Vegas, and its Tier 5 data center in Round Rock will constitute the company’s fifth campus, called The Rock.

Switch Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Robert Elliott told Community Impact Newspaper that the project is anticipated to cost “hundreds of millions of investment” by the time it is fully built out. He also said the project is anticipated to create over 100 temporary and permanent positions between Switch employees who will run the facility, co-located clients of the company and construction jobs.

Two plots of land totaling 35.71 acres, adjacent to Dell, were approved for rezoning to a planned unit development, or PUD, from commercial C-1 by the council in a unanimous vote July 22. The PUD zoning was recommended by the Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission, Planning and Development Services Director Brad Wiseman said, because the city does not have a zoning designation for data centers.

Construction had initially been estimated by Wiseman to begin in either late summer or early fall during that July meeting.

Once complete, The Rock will be part of a large ecosystem of Texas campuses held by the company that will total more than 2 million square feet and 185 megawatts of power, according to the company.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.