Rocky Branch Creek Technology Park

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Diode Ventures is pursuing a second data center in the Northland. Across the road from Golden Plains.


Project Name: Rocky Branch Creek Technology Park
Proposed Use: Development of 5 data center buildings and 1 electrical substation needed to support.
Developmer: Diode Ventures


City Pin: 100194


Anticipated Construction Date
05/31/2023

Anticipated Completion Date
09/20/2027
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so they are building Golden Plains technology park off 169 and across the highway they are now going to do another?
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They cant build these things fast enough.
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Wow, impressive if the case. No incentives for this one or seeking some kind of extension of existing?

So assuming buildings about same size as GPTP, would be near 40% addition to GPTP.
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earthling wrote: Wed Feb 02, 2022 4:16 pm Wow, impressive if the case. No incentives for this one or seeking some kind of extension of existing?

So assuming buildings about same size as GPTP, would be near 40% addition to GPTP.
"Other" incentives was marked
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cor88b wrote: Wed Feb 02, 2022 4:07 pm so they are building Golden Plains technology park off 169 and across the highway they are now going to do another?
Yes, I suspect different tenants
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360 acres. Expanded to 9 data center buildings.
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Rocky Branch Creek is a 360-acre greenfield development just south of Smithville, Missouri and located near Golden Plains Technology Park, another hyperscale data center campus developed by Diode Ventures.

The Rocky Branch Creek development is conveniently located near the Nashua Substation and transmission lines from Evergy. The site has close access to the Kansas City water and sewer systems, too.

The property is currently zoned for mixed use, which includes data center usage, but the Diode team is pursuing new zoning to support the possibility of hyperscale data center development. Diode is also pursuing incentives for future end users.
If each building the size of a Meta DC (600K sqft each), that's potentially over 5M sqft for the Rocky Branch site. likely at least 3M.

KC fortunate to have B&V/Diode kickstarting these DC parks, prepping the infrastructure and pre-arranging incentives to make it easier for any operator to plop in. And perhaps best economic use for all of the excessive KCMO land. Will be able to go from off the radar to a top tier DC market in a fairly short period.

Wonder if this is planned to start prep in parallel to GPTP or after GPTP mostly occupied.
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earthling wrote: Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:50 am Image
Rocky Branch Creek is a 360-acre greenfield development just south of Smithville, Missouri and located near Golden Plains Technology Park, another hyperscale data center campus developed by Diode Ventures.

The Rocky Branch Creek development is conveniently located near the Nashua Substation and transmission lines from Evergy. The site has close access to the Kansas City water and sewer systems, too.

The property is currently zoned for mixed use, which includes data center usage, but the Diode team is pursuing new zoning to support the possibility of hyperscale data center development. Diode is also pursuing incentives for future end users.
If each building the size of a Meta DC (600K sqft each), that's potentially over 5M sqft for the Rocky Branch site. likely at least 3M.

KC fortunate to have B&V/Diode kickstarting these DC parks, prepping the infrastructure and pre-arranging incentives to make it easier for any operator to plop in. And perhaps best economic use for all of the excessive KCMO land. Will be able to go from off the radar to a top tier DC market in a fairly short period.

Wonder if this is planned to start prep in parallel to GPTP or after GPTP mostly occupied.
Parallel based on the timeline given. Wish they built denser. Any reasons why they don’t?
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normalthings wrote: Sun Apr 17, 2022 3:03 pm Parallel based on the timeline given. Wish they built denser. Any reasons why they don’t?
They're just conceptual renderings from Diode, the tenants could end up doing something different - Facebook layout a bit different than Diode conceptual. And layout will probably depend on number of tenants - many tenants may want more space between buildings, if a single tenant takes it all, might be denser. The capacity is also determined by water/power feeds too so it just depends.

With a 3rd park (Hampton Meadows) potentially coming there would be a lot of power draw. At some point City/Evergy might want to negotiate that larger tenants contribute to N+10% for renewables... that is N=their need and additional 10% for public use and/or potential DC overdraw on power grid, or even 5%. Should alleviate any public concerns for DC power grid impact.
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earthling wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:20 am
normalthings wrote: Sun Apr 17, 2022 3:03 pm Parallel based on the timeline given. Wish they built denser. Any reasons why they don’t?
They're just conceptual renderings from Diode, the tenants could end up doing something different - Facebook layout a bit different than Diode conceptual. And layout will probably depend on number of tenants - many tenants may want more space between buildings, if a single tenant takes it all, might be denser. The capacity is also determined by water/power feeds too so it just depends.

With a 3rd park (Hampton Meadows) potentially coming there would be a lot of power draw. At some point City/Evergy might want to negotiate that larger tenants contribute to N+10% for renewables... that is N=their need and additional 10% for public use and/or potential DC overdraw on power grid, or even 5%. Should alleviate any public concerns for DC power grid impact.
While the development of these rural parcels is good, hopefully it shows that market demand for big base load users will push Evergy to invest more in renewables. They have been backtracking/beating around the bush recently.

https://kansasreflector.com/2021/09/23/ ... il%20fuels.

I am not an expert, but my understanding is base load is traditionally gas, nuclear, etc., while 'peaker' plants for high demand are filled in by intermittent renewables. In more recent years, the 'baseload' concept has shifted in some areas so now cheap renewables make up more of the base load while gas/coal/nuclear meet the peak demand due to their higher generation costs.

Evergy Integrated Resources Plan: https://www.evergy.com/-/media/document ... erview.pdf
Baseload: https://consumerenergyalliance.org/2021 ... ric-power/
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^Was under the impression Evergy was ahead of the game, not good if they are backtracking. Facebook is apparently contributing renewables to local grid so hopefully enough to stay ahead of the curve. Maybe needs to be negotiated for any significant DC operator if not doing their own renewables onsite.

Renewables have become more efficient every few years and should continue to do so... more watts per sqft of solar panels, per rotation of wind turbines, etc.
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Will Evergy need to upsize transmission lines with the KCI Industrial Park + these tech parks + KCI all feeding off the same line
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Has Rocky Branch been proposed to the City yet? Would think all of those logistics would need to be hashed out to move forward, ditto with the next one. GPTP appears to be covered infrastructure wise.
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earthling wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:36 pm Has Rocky Branch been proposed to the City yet?
yes
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^I actually mean has it been reviewed, with any incentives approved. Sorry, wrongly stated.
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Isn't Evergy involved in the proposed giant solar farm by the airport? I assume that would help with renewable energy as that proposed solar farm would be the largest in the US and hold a top status in the world as well.
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dukuboy1 wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 4:08 pm Isn't Evergy involved in the proposed giant solar farm by the airport? I assume that would help with renewable energy as that proposed solar farm would be the largest in the US and hold a top status in the world as well.
It's a 300 megawatts field proposed, big but definitely not the largest in the world or the US. It may be the largest at an airport, however, presumably that is what you mean. Based on a quick google, I think that would be correct.

https://constructionreviewonline.com/bi ... California.

Tallahasee has the current largest - 42 MW
https://airportimprovement.com/article/ ... -s-largest
-airport-solar-farm#:~:text=But%20the%20team%20developing%20the,for%20airport%20sited%20solar%20farms.
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I actually had a convo with Brian Platt who told me the idea was to power neighborhoods in the northside of the city as well as some south of the river. I'm curious where this 300mw would stand relative to the midwest. From what I've experienced, and found thru research, KC gets more sun than the rest of the midwest, actually we almost get as much sun as Dallas, TX believe it or not, I would think we are the most logical midwestern city to utilize solar power.
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This shows annual sunshine, KC pretty high, nearly as high as Dallas over 2800 hours/yr. Mostly just SW has over 3000 hours/yr.
https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/ ... y-city.php

KC should also look into mini hydro power with the fast moving river (not dams). There's several low to non-evasive methods now.
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