Allentown, Pa., June 9, 2011 — PPL Corp. plans to build a 115,000-square-foot data and operations center in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania that will provide long-term benefits for both the company and its customers.
The center, a major new investment in the Lehigh Valley, will be located on 12 acres near Route 100 and Interstate 78, about 10 miles west of the corporation's international headquarters in center-city Allentown.
Pending land development approval from the township and necessary permits, PPL plans to begin construction this fall and complete work in late 2012. The center eventually will house 125 to 150 employees, most of whom currently work in other facilities in the region.
The facility's next-generation data center is expected to meet corporate needs for the next several decades. The operations component, to be used by PPL Electric Utilities, will combine existing transmission and distribution operations centers in the Allentown and Harrisburg areas and host the utility's new emergency response center.
The building will be Energy Star rated, meaning it will be built according to high energy efficiency standards. This is in addition to compliance to the new Building Energy Codes, which took effect in 2009.
Robert E. Lamb Inc., of Valley Forge, Pa., will provide planning, design and construction support services. Skanska USA Building, Inc. will perform construction management and general contracting for the project.