Westerville City Council awarded a $3.75-million bid to Corna Kokosing May 17 for the construction of the city's WeConnect data center.

Westerville City Council awarded a $3.75-million bid to Corna Kokosing May 17 for the construction of the city's WeConnect data center.

That will allow construction on the 16,000-square-foot data center to begin in June and be completed in January 2012.

Corna Kokosing provided the lowest construction bid to the city for the center. The company has had experience with data centers, having constructed a 21,000-square-foot data center in New Albany and having renovated Riverside Methodist Hospital's data center in 2005.

Because Corna Kokosing's bid was low enough, the city was able to add $90,000 to upsize service cables, circuit breakers and the automatic transfer switch, which should save the city future expansion costs, Westerville chief information officer Todd Jackson said.

The data center will be built on a 1.399-acre plot at 33 Collegeview Road purchased by the city from Otterbein University for $104,925 in October. At that time, council also approved the sale of up to $5.75 million in bonds for costs related to the construction of the center.

For more on this story, see the May 26 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.