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Foxconn seeks approval for data center, 100-foot-tall glass globe operations center

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Foxconn Technology Group aims to start construction this year on a large data center at its Mount Pleasant campus and a signature glass globe building that would have a 240-seat auditorium and offices.

In a statement released Thursday, Foxconn said it aims to complete the data center next year. Plans were submitted this week to the village of Mount Pleasant for review.

The plans show a data center with a footprint of 34,250 square feet standing next to the about 100-foot-tall networks operations center globe. That globe includes a 240-seat auditorium area on its first floor, board rooms and a third-floor office space with about 40 work stations, according to plans filed with Mount Pleasant.

Foxconn said the data center would attract business partnerships to its Mount Pleasant operations and develop new technology in the manufacturing, health care, safety and agriculture industries, for example. Foxconn has already announced partnerships to make products in Mount Pleasant for Silicon Valley home security tech company Qolsys Inc., and Austin, Texas-based Briggo, which is developing automated coffee house kiosks for airports.

The data center buildings are designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. and would be built by the Milwaukee office of lead contractor Mortenson.

Foxconn had initially submitted plans for the data center buildings in September, but withdrew them to modify the design.

The data center is the third major new building Foxconn has proposed in Mount Pleasant this year, where the company owns nearly 1,000 acres south of Braun Road and east of Interstate 94. Under construction is the 1 million-square-foot LCD screen fabrication plant. It recently gained approvals for a smart manufacturing center that would have an estimated 500 workers. The smart manufacturing building and data center would be operated under the Taiwanese tech giant’s Foxconn Industrial Internet, or Fii, arm.

The LCD screen plant and smart manufacturing center are to open in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Sean Ryan
Milwaukee Business Journal