Iron Mountain has opened a secure, state-of-the-art federal records center in Suitland, Maryland, located at the Andrews Federal Campus, immediately outside the entrance of Joint Base Andrews.
The 125,000-square foot facility has a total capacity of 1.5 million cubic feet of record storage, and is Iron Mountain’s 10th facility to meet federal compliance standards for security.
“This new facility adds to Iron Mountain’s more than 1,400 locations worldwide – including our network of 19 facilities in Maryland – underscoring our continued investment in delivering the most advanced records and information management capabilities in the market today,” said William L. Meaney, president and CEO of Iron Mountain.
Iron Mountain will commemorate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including U.S. Representative Anthony Brown; Maryland Delegates Angela Angel and Dr. Darryl Barnes; and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
As government agencies seek to minimize their physical footprint and reduce their spending on records storage, the demand for off-site options that satisfy the rigorous requirements for federal records mandated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has never been higher.
(Learn More. In this 360¡ video, tour a former limestone mine in Pennsylvania that has stored 200 acres of mainly physical data, for clients including the federal government, since the early 1950s. Courtesy of Nick Capezzera, Niko Koppel, Kaitlyn Mullin, The New York Times and YouTube)
“We are excited to open this new facility and contribute to the economic development in Prince George’s County,” said John “JT” Tomovcsik, executive vice president and general manager for Records Management, North America for Iron Mountain.
“The growth of our Federal business is dependent on facilities like this, which combine the proximity to DC with available space to meet demonstrated customer needs for secure and comprehensive information management services.”
In addition to the environmental protection and fire suppression features, the new Suitland location has been constructed as a low-profile facility and includes security features such as:
- 24-hour central station monitoring, alarmed system entry
- Fenced truck access
- Asecurity card activated gate, and
- Interior and exterior steel doors.
Additionally, with six NARA-compliant storage chambers, the facility is ideally suited to serve federal civilian and defense agencies located around the Washington, DC region, as well as the private entities who service those agencies.
“The depth of our Federal customer base requires us to have solutions and facilities that can meet or exceed standards for security,” said Michael J. Lewis, vice president and general manager of Iron Mountain Government Solutions.
“This facility, like the others we have in the DC area, is a great example of our commitment to meeting Federal customer needs for improving the accessibility to information and meeting the increasing service levels for secure and compliant storage.”
(Learn More. Welcome to Iron Mountain’s premiere underground data center facility, located 200 feet beneath rolling countryside in a former limestone mine. The facility spans 145 acres and provides one of the most physically and environmentally secure colocation infrastructures available. Courtesy of Iron Mountain and YouTube)
This is now the company’s third NARA-compliant facility in the Washington metropolitan area – joining Fredericksburg and Sterling in Virginia – providing services for information management, digital transformation, secure storage, and secure destruction, and is overall the company’s 19th location in Maryland and the fourth in Prince George’s County.
When complete, Iron Mountain will have invested more than $10 million to construct and outfit the 125,000 square-foot building.
This investment also comes with the opportunity to expand by building additional facilities on the property.
“The opening of Iron Mountain’s new facility in Prince George’s County will help meet the federal government’s growing records management needs that improve accessibility, enhance security and reduce operational costs,” said Representative Anthony Brown.
“When this project is finished, Iron Mountain will have four secure facilities in Prince George’s, contributing to our local economy and solidifying the County as a top location for companies to locate given our strong workforce, dynamic business climate and proximity to Washington, DC.”
“I am excited to support Iron Mountain’s growth in Maryland, and their critical mission serving both the public and private sectors.”
The opening of this facility continues Iron Mountain’s momentum in the federal market, following key contract award wins with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the recent announcement that the company’s Secure eWaste and IT Asset Disposition services have been added to its U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 36 contract.
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