Columbia Data Center

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Columbia Data Center
Columbia Data Center is located in Washington (state)
Columbia Data Center
Location within Washington
General information
TypeData center
LocationQuincy, Washington
CountryUnited States
Coordinates47°14′N 119°52′W / 47.24°N 119.86°W / 47.24; -119.86
Technical details
Floor area800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2) (2015)
Grounds270 acres (110 ha) (2016)

Columbia Data Center is Microsoft's data center in Quincy, Washington. Property at Quincy was purchased in 2006; the building opened in April, 2007;[3] and the data center reached operational status in May, 2007.[4] It was said to be the largest data center in the world as of 2015.[5] The company located there due to low land costs, abundant data fiber, and extremely low cost electricity provided by Grant County PUD for as little as 1.9 or 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.[6][3][1] Building began with a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) facility in 2006 and several expansions followed, occupying with 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) of floorspace in two buildings on a 270-acre (110 ha) complex by 2016.[1][2] The data center consumed 30 to 50 megawatts in 2012 and employs 50 people.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Quincy, WA – Big Data Centers Leverage Abundant, Inexpensive Renewable Energy". Port of Quincy, Washington (blog). August 25, 2015. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  2. ^ a b Jonathan Hassell (October 28, 2016), "Take a look inside Microsoft's Quincy, Wash. data center", Computerworld
  3. ^ a b c James Glanz (September 24, 2012), "Data Barns in a Farm Town, Gobbling Power and Flexing Muscle", The New York Times
  4. ^ Reuters (May 15, 2007). "New Microsoft data center powers Web services push". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-09-10 – via CNET.
  5. ^ a b Microsoft expanding data center at the Port of Quincy, Port of Quincy, August 25, 2015
  6. ^ Sharon Pian Chan (May 20, 2010), "Microsoft expands data center in Quincy", The Seattle Times