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How Irish multinational firm Linesight grew to deliver $5.5 billion worth of Construction projects in the US

March 13 2018 No Comments

Linesight is delivering solutions on $5.5 billion worth of projects across the US, with 56 data center projects completed in North America to date.

Linesight is an Irish multinational firm with over 40 years’ experience, providing cost and general consultancy services to the construction industry. Linesight currently works with global Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) on mega projects and with world-class colocation providers, including RagingWire and Equinix, on built-to-suit data center solutions across the US and the world. Linesight’s global insights and scale of experience allows clients to achieve tangible, measurable benefits and sizable savings on CAPEX for major construction projects.

Steven Cooke, Managing Director West Region talks about Linesight’s activity in the US; “More American companies are partnering with independent cost management consultants to streamline construction projects, gain transparency, and manage risk. We are witnessing a seismic shift in the traditional construction model, as independent cost management services gain momentum in the region.”

Linesight’s success in the data center sector is down to the scale of their experience and the quality of their team. The firm provides valuable strategic counsel, challenges thinking in a positive way, and brings market intelligence to bear on projects, ultimately maximizing investment.

Linesight USA Data Center Experience

Linesight - US Data Center experience

 

As the adoption of cloud technology continues to grow, there is increased pressure on businesses to distribute higher volumes of information without a disruption to service. Data centers now need to be designed in a way that can maximize their capacity, while retaining enough adaptability to expand as the cloud gets bigger. Cloud growth has also brought new investors into the data center sector, making it easier for developers to scale their operations and finance more ambitious projects. 2017 saw a record $20 billion in investment activity and data center M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions).

The data center construction market in North America is forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.34% during the period 2017-2021. Although consolidation is a major challenge for the sector in the US, the market is still expected to generate revenue of approximately $13 billion between 2016 and 2021. Hubs like Ashburn, Virginia, dubbed “Data Center Alley”, are home to almost every major US data center provider, and could double from the current 10 million sq.ft. of data center footprint area to as much as 20 million sq.ft. by 2020. The battle between providers is often referred to as “The Cloud Wars”, with the two biggest players at present being Amazon (Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft (MSFT). At the end of 2017, there was 300 megawatts (MW) of commissioned power under construction.

Linesight has been providing construction consultancy services on projects across North America for the last ten years. The driving force behind the company’s remarkable growth in the region is repeat business from existing clients, a testament to the calibre of the Linesight service and the quality of their team. Linesight currently has offices in New York and San Francisco, with plans to open a third central office later in 2018 to further strengthen their position in serving US and international markets. An additional fifty team members will join Linesight USA this year to support the firm’s continued growth in the region.

Linesight is an Irish-owned organization headquartered in Dublin, supported by 17 offices located across the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The Linesight story is a great example of how an Irish organization can transform into a global enterprise with the strategic support of government agencies like Enterprise Ireland and international partnerships.