Digital Realty – 128 First Avenue

128 First Avenue
Needham, MA
2494 USA


Located near the Route 95 and Route 90 interchange, 128 First Avenue is a three-story, purpose-built, premier data center facility with 20 MW of power and 145,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space. Originally built by a telecom company, the site is both a metro and intercity gateway with an extensive underground conduit system. The building is network and fiber-rich, with multiple pathways into the site, offering diversity to the various carriers in the area. 128 First Avenue offers cabinets, cages and private suites, 18-miles from Boston Logan International Airport.

Property Details


Building TypePurpose Built
Year Built2000
Existing Provider Lease?No
Stand Alone or Data Center CampusData Center Campus
Number of Floors3
Floor Load150 lbs/SF
ParkingOn-site available
Parking Spaces168
AccessMultiple Diverse Entrances


Estimated All-In Utility Rate$0.12
Utility Power30
UPS RedundancyN+1
UPS Unit Capacity0.675 MW
Target UPS Battery Capacity at Full Load7 minutes
PDU Redundancy2N
PDU MeteringYes
Generator RedundancyN+1
Generator Capacity20 MW
Generator Run Time at Full Load48 hours
Backup Fuel ProviderYes
Utility Service ProviderEversource
Number of Utility Feeds3
Mark-Up on Cost of Utility Power?No


Carrier NeutralYes
Meet Me RoomsYes
Provider/Landlord Control Meet Me Rooms?Yes
Monthly Recurring Cost of Fiber Cross Connects$250
Number of Carriers10
Carriers Make Way Onto Property Via Diverse Paths?Yes
Fiber ProvidersAT&T, Cogent, Comcast, Level 3, Lightower, Nstar Communications, RCN, Towardex, Verizon, Verizon Business, XO Communications, and Zayo
Multiple Diverse Fiber Entrances?Yes


Average Rack Density5 kW/rack
Maximum Rack Density12 k/Wrack
Mechanical Systems Concurrently Maintainable?Yes
Current Average Annual PUE1.5


Aggregate Cooling Capacity5052 tons
Configuration of Outdoor Heat Exchange Components2N
Configuration of Indoor Heat Exchange ComponentsN+1
Configuration of Medium Between Indoor and Outdoor ComponentsN+1
Multiple, Diverse Chilled Water Loops?Yes
Redundancy of Air Handling System - Data CenterN+2
Redundancy of Air Handling System - Battery / UPSN+1


Remote Hands Available through Landlord?Yes
Managed Services Available through Landlord?No
Cloud Services Available through Landlord?No

Fire Protection

Method of Fire Detection in Data Center AreaPhotoelectric and ionization smoke detectors at the ceiling & below raised floor
Method of Fire Suppression in Data Center AreaDouble interlock dry pipe pre-action
Method of Fire Detection in Support/Common AreaPhotoelectric and ionization smoke detectors at the ceiling & below raised floor
Method of Fire Suppression in Support/Common AreaSingle action water based system


Certifications Required for Landlord or TenantsSOC 2 with PCI attestation
Authentication Methods - Data CenterDual Factor Biometric Authentication
Authentication Methods - FacilityFacility has 2 card reader doors at entrance to main
On-Site SecurityYes


Seismic ZoneZone 2A
Proximity to Coastline9 miles
Proximity to River0.5 miles
Within a High Crime AreaNo
Within close proximity to a Police StationYes
Within close proximity to a Fire StationYes
Within close proximity to a HospitalYes
Within close proximity to a VolcanoNo
Proximity to Foreign Embassies17 miles
Proximity to Dam1 miles
Proximity to Military Base10 miles
Proximity to Defense Plant10 miles
Proximity to Nuclear Plant41 miles
Proximity to Rail0.5 miles
Closest Highway Intersection0.25 miles
Miles To Nearest Airport18 miles
Nearest AirportBoston International Airport