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Metro Edge Development Partners’ flagship data center is IMD1 in the Illinois Medical District, one of the largest urban medical campuses in the United States. The IMD brings together an ecosystem of enterprises that have inspired medical breakthroughs for over 70 years.  Spanning 560 acres, the IMD is an established hub of healthcare, medical research facilities, and biotech incubators, with easy access to O’Hare International Airport, public transportation, major expressways, commuter rails, and all less than two miles from Chicago’s Central Business District.

Offering 184,720 square feet of available space, the new construction data center provides seven layers of physical security and biometric access, spanning five floors, with 19.8 MW of power.  IMD1 sets the standard for a modern, urban data center, offering savings, security, and efficiency. By locating on the West Side of Chicago, the data center will provide one of the few low-latency options for Chicago-based institutions, including specialized facilities such as hospitals, healthcare providers, and educational institutions.   

Data Storage with a Mission

Where others see challenges, Metro Edge sees opportunity. The West Side of Chicago is an area of opportunity, with an underserved community that can benefit considerably by a major technology investment like IMD1. Metro Edge appreciates the need and the chance for investment that will aid in addressing social inequities and also provide much-needed employment opportunities to the community.  Through alliances with strategic partners, Metro Edge will provide customized programs with links to the community to train talent from the neighborhood and local educational institutions for entry-level, technology-related career opportunities within IMD1, helping create jobs and diversity in the technology industry, with lasting effects over time.  

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Rendering of the street-level view
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Data center lobby
IMD data center building layout

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IMD1 features:

Property Specs

  • 5 story, 184,720 SF, high performance data center
  • Located in the Illinois Medical District
  • 7 layers of physical security, biometric access
  • 24/7 security qualified team
  • 30 on-site parking spaces
  • 4,000 SF of office space available

Tenant benefits

  • 24 MW power committed from ComEd
  • 100% sales tax exemption on IT equipment and software
  • Lower rent costs with 6(b) Property Tax Reduction
  • Low latency to 350 E Cermak
  • Creative lease option structures
  • Uptime award-winning operations platform
  • Low utility rate compared to other primary markets
  • Convenient downtown location next to major highways
  • 2 miles to CBD and 15 miles to O’Hare Airport
  • High density solution
  • Metro Edge is a leading minority-led real estate firm with social impact programs and workforce training


  • 24 MW of power commitment initial phase, 50 MW in total
  • Diverse feeds from two separate substations
  • Renewable sourced power available
  • Configuration options N + 1, 2N


  • Water Usage Efficiency (WUE) of 0
  • LEED Certified
  • Energy efficient and supporting sustainability effect
  • N+1 design built to Tier III standards
  • Can source renewable power sources through utility


  • Carrier neutral
  • 11 On-Net carrier partners
  • Low latency and diverse redundant routes back to 350 E Cermak
  • Software defined network – Megaport, Packetfabric
  • Internet peering exchange CH-IX


  • ISO 270001
  • PCI
  • SOC1 and SOC2

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