In June 2021, Quantum Loophole, Inc. acquired over 2,000 acres of land in Frederick County, Maryland. This site was formerly known as the Alcoa Eastalco Works property and is identified as a growth area in the Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP). Quantum Loophole plans a first-of-its kind, environmentally friendly data center campus.
The Quantum Frederick project is based on efficient design for sustainable power and water use, investments in robust fiber connectivity, a nature-first design aesthetic to protect views and reduce visibility from public roadways, and includes thoughtful preservation of existing historic structures.
The project will bring significant investments benefitting the regional economy with opportunities for local businesses along with the creation of well-paying jobs.
“Quantum Loophole’s project in Frederick, Maryland, offers a compelling opportunity for our data center customers and lasting positive benefits for the surrounding community.”Josh Snowhorn, CEO & Founder, Quantum Loophole
For the Community
“This is big news for Frederick County! I am pleased that the former Eastalco property will once again serve as an employment center with high-paying jobs. Quantum Loophole has committed to develop an environmentally sensitive data center project that respects and values the surrounding community and our Livable Frederick Master Plan. Data centers provide a stable source of tax revenue and jobs, while having a net positive impact on local services such as schools, roads and other infrastructure. I look forward to Quantum Loophole sharing their plans with the surrounding community.”Jan Gardner, Frederick County Executive
Quantum Loophole’s master planned approach to site development is exactly the kind of development outlined in Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP). Our master planning accounts for historic sites and archaeological resources, viewsheds and cultural characteristics. We are planning the timing and funding of new public facilities, and we’ve conducted a detailed review of environmental systems and resources.
Key benefits for the community include:
- Increased tax revenue with incremental growth year-over-year
- The addition of well-paying jobs to the community
- Local business partnership opportunities as development gets underway
- Commitment to preserving existing historical sites
With our commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly development, we expect our project to positively highlight how businesses can find opportunities in a climate smart economy.
“It is outstanding news that this site, on which aluminum was manufactured for more than 35 years, will get new life as the home of a state-of-the-art data center development. As Maryland welcomes more and more data centers, this project is critical in ensuring these companies have the kind of advanced infrastructure needed to be successful as well as secure.”Larry Hogan, Maryland Governor
For our Customers and Partners
“Demand for cloud computing and cloud-based services has grown rapidly over the past decade and Frederick County is an important growth outlet for the Northern Virginia data center market. With industrial zoning and access to significant power capacity, the development site will offer several benefits to a fast-growing hyperscale tenant base that is intensely focused on speed of delivery. We are pleased to partner with the team at Quantum Loophole and look forward to executing on our shared vision for an innovative and sustainable development that will deliver enduring value to the local community.”Ty Newell, Managing Director, TREP
The transaction sets in motion Quantum Loophole’s master-planned approach to sustainable data center development. According to the Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP), “This area is currently the largest concentration of undeveloped land in Frederick County zoned for general and/or light industrial development and presents a unique opportunity for future development.”
The master planned, first-of-its-kind, clean cloud community in Frederick County is less than one millisecond by fiber from the heart of the Northern Virginia Internet ecosystem. Starting with a gigawatt of transmission power capacity, it is anticipated that 30 to 120 megawatt capacity data center modules can be deployed in less than nine months. Additionally, construction of a massive and robust fiber ring with regional interconnection points enables large-scale traffic flows for Cloud, Telecom, and Enterprise clients.
What customers will achieve are:
- Highly efficient design for power utilization, embracing clean-power solutions such as battery and renewable energy
- Water considerations include the reuse and recycling, reducing the use of public water resources
- Ready to build, flexible go to market data center solutions to meet hyperscale demands
- Access to a uniquely designed, highly robust fiber network infrastructure, dynamically provisioned as you need it
“This project marks the first comprehensive approach to data center development inclusive of environmental impact, efficiency in power use and distribution, fiber connectivity, and a streamlined approach to construction. Quantum Loophole’s approach enables cost efficiencies, expedited time to market, and a revolutionary and industry-leading commitment to sustainability for hyperscale data center developments.”Josh Snowhorn, Founder and CEO, Quantum Loophole
For Quantum Loophole
Our commitment to nature is rooted in our mission to reimagine the way data center developments are planned, designed, and managed.
Clean Cloud Community
Quantum Loophole is committed to developing the master planned data center in a way that enables the most advanced computing technology, benefits all our diverse stakeholders, and respects the importance of natural viewscapes and open spaces.
Our idea of a clean cloud community is one that balances the synergies of technology, people, and nature. Master planning at scale allows us to apply sustainable principles and practices through meticulous planning guided by clear values and preserving attractive viewsheds. For example, we know that fiber connectivity to the major datacenter hub in nearby Ashburn, Virginia will need to grow over time so we are planning to dig once and lay the conduit needed to support long-term growth. Thus as new fiber capacity is needed, we simply pull it through existing infrastructure and minimize future disruption and disturbance in the process.
There are many benefits of clean cloud communities in terms of energy and water use and site planning and development that include support for the natural ecosystem while we build out the growing digital ecosystem. We combine technical design features like security screening with human dimensions, as well as a nature focus, to develop a master site plan using native species of plants with an eye toward healthy habitat for pollinators and local wildlife.
In our view, clean cloud communities are a new way of looking at data center development. It is an idea whose time has come.