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Stream Data Centers Hires, Promotes Executives To Grow Operations Services

Stream Data Centers Managing Director of Critical Environments Stewart Collier and Chief Operating Officer and partner Michael Lahoud

Stream Data Centers promoted former Senior Vice President of Technology Services Michael Lahoud to chief operating officer and partner and hired Stewart Collier as managing director of critical environments. 

Lahoud’s promotion will free up his time to focus on Stream's business strategy, particularly the expansion of hyperscale solutions and critical environments practice.

“We’re sort of going back to the ready-to-fit model except taking it a step further,” Lahoud said. “Dallas is the first one we’re launching and it will be a 150K or 200K SF building with a data hall built out day one. The idea is that a cloud company might ultimately need 20 MW, but they’re still looking for something they can move into right away and scale.”

Stream is under contract for a hyperscale site in the vicinity of its Legacy Business Park. Stream will also grow other existing product types. 

“We will keep and enrich those [retail co-location suite] services in Houston, San Antonio and Minneapolis,” Lahoud said. “In addition to that, we’ll still deliver private data center product, but ideally more of a build-to-suit model.” 

Stream broke ground on a $250M, 56K SF data center for U.S. Bank in Minneapolis in May. 

The hiring of Collier allows Stream to finally launch its critical environments practice outside of its own walls, Lahoud said.

That operations service is available to both Stream-owned and client-owned facilities ranging from multi-tenant carrier hotels to freestanding Tier IV data centers. 

One of Collier's initial roles will be to develop a critical environments training academy to provide a playbook-like approach for mission critical teams to understand performance and to prevent interruptions to system operations. 

“Platforms such as CETA are required foundational pieces for recruiting, training and keeping the top talent in the industry,” Collier said in a statement. 

Hear more about Stream’s growth plans at Bisnow’s Data Center Investment Conference and Expo Aug. 31 when Managing Director and partner Anthony Bolner speaks. Register here.