Global Technical Realty completes first critical phase of underground data center

LONDON – 03 April 2023

Global Technical Realty (GTR), a $1bn European build-to-suit data center platform – funded by KKR, a leading global investment firm – has today confirmed successful completion of a critical first phase in the development of its IS One facility in Petah Tikva, Israel’s premier data center hub.

“This is GTR’s first underground data center, which is also being built to hyperscale specifications with every element being managed to very specific standards,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Global Technical Realty. “The challenges of building underground are substantial, but with the collaboration of highly experienced engineering minds the dig and retaining walls are progressing well.”

GTR’s new 10.6MW data center development is situated in what has become a key location for many high-tech multinationals and communications companies. The build has therefore had to be managed to exact timelines, with added logistical challenges such as proximity to neighbouring buildings and ensuring access to critical road infrastructure isn’t disrupted.

Supply chain management is a critical aspect of the project’s success. GTR is working closely with several key local partners including Israel Electric Co, AHA Architects, Ashtrom, The Petah Tikva Municipality, and a number of specialist consultants. The team remain focused on critical supply chain management to ensure the timely delivery of the scheme set for Q4 2024.

“We are building a data center that will provide 3,100 sqm of IT space with a combination of 3 to make 2 infrastructure and N+N infrastructure that is all concurrently maintainable. Add to this that the facility will be 16m underground, and the fun really starts,” continued Sodzawiczny. “The GTR executive team is regularly on the ground in Tel Aviv and the wider team can also monitor the site 24×7 via remote cameras. Construction on site runs for almost 24 hours a day. We are tackling moisture, humidity, water proofing, tonnes of concrete, high standards, tight timelines and have set ourselves the target to achieve a LEED Gold Certification for the site on completion. We aren’t shy in pushing the boundaries of what can be done, and know we have the rest of the eyes in the industry on us.”

The Tel Aviv IS One project marks GTR’s second investment in EMEA and its first investment in Israel.