If Construction Doesn’t Innovate, Tech Will Speed Up Builds First | Compass Data Centers’ Nancy Novak Previews CAPRE’s Southwest Digital Infrastructure Industry Convention

CAPRE: Thanks for connecting with us today, Nancy. Let's talk the Southwest. What are you seeing out in Nevada, Southern Cailfornia, Arizona, and environs? Novak: The desert region has really heated up in the recent past, because the land has a good price point and there’s a lot of interest in building infrastructure there. You need space to put hubs together, and the desert has got it lots of it. From a construction standpoint, there are resources available and that's a very good thing. CAPRE: What is the biggest pain point right now in the construction world? In construction, decisions often come down to timing – there can be shift issues, for example, with your crews. Sometimes there's just not enough people to provide skilled labor. That's really a big challenge in our industry. In other words, the only thing keeping our clients from growing and expanding globally is the ability to put the work in place. The funds are there and the demand is there, but sometimes the talent is not there. CAPRE: So where do we go from here? Novak: I‘m working with hyperscalers to figure this out. We’re always so focused on the skills gap in mission critical, but before that comes the construction part – delivering the facilities. And really, the skills that are needed to maintain the facilities are related to the business. One of the hyperscalers we work with is really focused on raising…