CoreSite Completes Memorandum of Understanding for Illinois Tax Incentive Opportunity Inclusive of CH2, CoreSite’s New Downtown Chicago Data Center

– CoreSite Receives Energy Star Certification on Sustainable Data Center Capabilities –

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) (the “Company” or “CoreSite”), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center, cloud and interconnection solutions in major U.S. metropolitan areas, today announced that it has executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Illinois Data Centers Investment Program with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity supporting its new ground-up data center development in downtown Chicago.

State of Illinois Data Center Investment Act and CoreSite’s Final Memorandum of Understanding

In June 2019, the State of Illinois established a new Data Center Investment Act, led by Governor J.B. Pritzker, legislators, business leaders and organizations. This 10.25% tax incentive will be extended to CoreSite’s participating customers for purchasing equipment as part of locating in CoreSite’s qualifying new CH2 data center. “We are very pleased to be at the forefront of this new economic opportunity and to have completed our agreement with the State of Illinois,” said Matt Gleason, CoreSite’s Vice President and General Manager. “We look forward to working with prospective customers to pursue services at our new facility and to participate in this tax incentive opportunity.”

CoreSite’s New CH2 Ground-up Data Center Development in Downtown Chicago

CoreSite built its new data center facility, known as “CH2”, in the heart of downtown Chicago. The Company’s CH2 data center is a purpose-built, enterprise-class ground-up development with 167,000 square feet of modern data center space supporting 18 megawatts of critical IT draw at full completion. CoreSite completed Phase 1, comprised of 55,000 square feet and 6 megawatts of capacity, in June 2020. CH2 is part of a connected campus, leveraging CoreSite’s existing CH1 data center, one of the top interconnected buildings in Chicago. CH2 is positioned to deliver purpose-built, scalable space ready to transform enterprises and support their digital journey with a:

  • Robust interconnected community of enterprises, networks, cloud, and solution providers to accelerate digital transformation

  • Centralized location provides exceptionally low-latency access to businesses, end users, and interconnection destinations in the market
  • Designed for high resiliency, with all systems concurrently maintainable with diverse power delivery paths to the customer during maintenance activities
  • Sustainable focused cooling system that utilizes economization greater than 60% of the year and achieved Energy Star recognition

This strong ecosystem is designed to support the digital transformation for hybrid and multi-cloud demands of businesses with increasing data environments, high performance needs, growing interoperability demands and a need to be located near the network edge.

CoreSite Advances Sustainability at New CH2 Data Center

As part of the requirements of qualifying for the Data Center Investment Program, CoreSite addressed sustainability by receiving the ENERGY STAR certification. A few highlights of CoreSite’s sustainability efforts at CH2 include:

  • High efficiency cooling system design including water-cooled chillers with magnetic bearings, and plate frame heat exchangers. This system enables free cooling and the magnetic bearings optimize the system when running at partial loads.
  • Modular “4 to make 3” UPS design, which runs fewer modules at higher utilization, further increasing energy efficiency

CoreSite’s CH2 Operations and Sales Team

“We’re bringing on both sales and operational resources, while leveraging our campus resources and connectivity with our CH1 data center,” said Matt Gleason. “Our sales team is working with prospective customers today for leasing of our highly connected new ground up CH2 data center facility.” Interested parties should contact Ben Green, Vice President of Sales at or Audrey Dieckow, Assistant General Manager at for more information on data center colocation, cloud, interconnection and other services at CH2.

For those interested in qualifying for the tax incentive opportunity, see the link below for more information.

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About CoreSite

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center, cloud, and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,350 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 450+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. For more information, visit

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CoreSite Contacts

Audrey Dieckow

Assistant General Manager, Chicago


Ben Green

Vice President of Sales, Network, Central Region


Kate Ruppe

Investor Relations


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