More than two years after getting $500 million in funding for a new facility, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has purchased land in Frederick County, MD for its new facility. According to the local Board of Commissioners, the SSA selected the Urbana Corporate Center location in Frederick after evaluating more than 150 sites.
The planned 400,000 sq ft facility will primarily be designed as a datacenter location, though there will be a significant amount of office space and a prediction that the facility will house 200 employees. The SSA is not the first government entity to choose this location as there is also a significant Fannie Mae presence in a building adjoining the planned SSA site.
The SSA's letter to the Board of Commissioners used all the right buzz words for new datacenter construction; sustainable technologies, energy efficient, renewable energy sources, water conservation, and sustainable material. All things that would be expected of a next generation datacenter facility. Construction is expected to begin early next year.
Given the Federal Mandate to consolidate datacenter facilities, it is a reasonable presumption that when this facility is commissioned, that other SSA datacenters will be shut down. At this time there have been no announcements as to which facilities or SSA services will be consolidated to this location.