Data center development spend in the United States is expected to hit $3.1 billion in 2017 alone, with additional growth in 2018 as hyper-scale cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft Alibaba, and Oracle continue to grow their services. In addition, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform the data center market. It is estimated that IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion in services by 2020.
Faithful+Gould’s Americas region is well equipped to contribute to projects of this nature, having successfully completed integrated project and program management services, with an emphasis on owner’s representative and cost and commercial management services, for some of the world’s largest financial institutions, enterprise clients and technology giants. With this expanded service offering, Faithful+Gould also plans to offer our clients an end-to-end solution, which our competitors cannot provide.
Faithful+Gould Global Head of Corporate Real Estate Kevin Chrisp shared, “We see real potential to build on our global success in this sector within the Americas. Our existing data center clients in the Americas have been a driving force behind this strategic expansion. These clients have repeatedly selected our team in the Americas to handle their data center needs, to great results. Our continued success in this area, and the growing state of the data center market, make this the perfect time to expand our overall data center offering.”
"These clients have repeatedly selected our team in the Americas to handle their data center needs, to great results."
Kevin Chrisp, Faithful+Gould Global Head of Corporate Real Estate
A key element of this strategy is the appointment of Business Development Manager Ronald (Ron) Kolber, who will lead the Mission Critical / Data Center sector. Ron will be working directly with Kevin, while partnering with other Faithful+Gould sector leads and account managers to determine how the firm can best provide its full suite of services for any data center needs of both new and existing clients. He will split his time between the New York and San Francisco offices to capitalize on the two growing markets.
Kevin shared, "I am delighted to have Ron on board to lead this sector in the Americas and connect our larger Mission Critical team across our four global regions, capitalizing on client relationships and collaborating with our other sectors. His experience in the business development of major infrastructure technology companies will be a great asset to the overall growth of our Mission Critical Sector.”
Ron brings an extensive working knowledge of the data center industry to Faithful+Gould. He joins the firm from Aligned Energy, a group of companies working to lower the cost and drain of resources needed to build and operate data centers. Ron previously worked at Skanska USA Building, leading the business development efforts of its U.S. Mission Critical Center of Excellence. He also previously led business development efforts at HNTB and HOK in their New York offices.