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The Biggest Little City just scored a big milestone.

The first building in Switch’s Citadel Campus officially opened for business at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno-Sparks on Wednesday. Called “Tahoe Reno 1,” the 130-megawatt facility is one of several data center buildings planned for the project.

“The first building features 1.3 million square feet of data center space and is the largest single data center in the world,” said Adam Kramer, Switch vice president of strategy, in a phone interview.

Prior to Tahoe Reno 1 coming online, the title of largest single data-center building belonged to the Lakeside Technology Center in Chicago at 1.1 million square feet, according to Data Center Knowledge.

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Switch is building the largest data center campus in the world just east of Reno-Sparks at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Here's a look at the company's plans for the site. Provided by Switch

The new Tahoe Reno 1 building is part of a grander plan to build the biggest data center campus in the world. First announced as the SuperNAP Tahoe Reno, the Citadel Campus will be 7.2 million square feet in size once finished — up from the originally planned 6.5 million square feet. Tahoe Reno 1 represents the first two sectors out of a total of 12 that are planned for the campus, Kramer said.

Combined with Switch Las Vegas campus, the Northern Nevada campus helps complete Switch’s “Superloop” network, allowing for faster data transfer speeds with California. Founded in 2000 by CEO Rob Roy, Switch’s facilities feature “colocation data centers” that provide space for a multitude of private clients unlike typical data centers that house data for one company. Clients at the Tahoe Reno 1 facility include anchor tenant eBay and Renown Health.

“There is nothing more important to us than the security and accessibility (of patient and medical data),” said Anthony Slonim, Renown Health president and CEO. “Also, to be in an ecosystem that is powered by 100 percent renewable energy embraces our own commitment to a healthier planet.”

Like its Tahoe Reno Industrial Center neighbor, Tesla’s Gigafactory, the Citadel Campus could serve as a good recruiting tool for the area, Kramer said. It also plays a big role in Switch’s plans for future growth given today’s technology landscape, he added.

“Ninety percent of the world’s data was created in just the last two years,” Kramer said. “The Internet is growing at an exponential rate.”

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