Skybox Datacenters LLC has begun construction on a 1-million-square-foot data center campus in Lancaster.

The Dallas-based company broke ground on PowerCampus earlier this month, according to WFAA. Upon its completion, the sprawling site will create new jobs for approximately 120 people.

The first phase of the project will consist of erecting a 270,900-square-foot facility at the cost of around $85 million. It is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2026. Ultimately, the campus will include three state-of-the-art buildings and be powered up to 300 megawatts by a private on-site substation.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, PowerCampus Dallas is the joint venture of Skybox, Bandera Ventures, and Principal Asset Management.

“PowerCampus Dallas will raise the bar in the North Texas data center market and beyond,” said Skybox CEO Rob Morris in a news release announcing the project. “This partnership brings together expertise in multiple disciplines that are critical for delivering significant capacity in this dynamic data center market.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to be one of the nation’s leading data center hubs, with a large network of availability to other metro areas and its proximity to other cloud providers. Google and Siemens are just a few of the companies that have recently invested in data centers in the DFW area following the increasing demand.

New data center facilities are also slated for Lancaster under the initiative of STACK Infrastructure Inc., as previously reported in The Dallas Express. Expansions of existing data centers in Irving, where QTS Realty Trust runs a campus, and in Garland, where NTT Data has invested $42 million in a new facility.

Compass Datacenters in Dallas is also adding two more data centers to its Red Oak campus, each over 250,000 square feet in size.

Corgan Associates, a Dallas-based architecture and design firm, is involved in most of these projects, including Skybox’s Dallas PowerCampus.

As the DFW area booms overall, developments in Dallas proper must overcome several obstacles that keep the city from pulling in more projects, including its burdensome regulations and slow permitting process.

Building permit approval times have long caused frustration within Dallas’ development community, with many opting to build in other parts of North Texas, such as Lancaster.