How big is the new Rackspace Headquarters?

BIG. 18 pictures stitched together make for a large image (but shrunk down to about 4MB if you want to click on it).

This used to be the largest mall in San Antonio, I think.  Robert Scoble of FastCompany.TV toured it (and I was lucky enough to go along) a couple weeks ago.  His videos should be up soon.  Some of the photos I took today might be in that video.

I went out and shot over 150 still pictures today (I walked all the way around this thing in motorcycle boots – 1.3 million square feet is huge).  Motorcycle boots because a) it was wet and drizzling a bit, b) I rode my motorcycle, and c) I knew it was an active construction site and I needed proper footwear).

Just the one "small" section behind the trees in this photo above is the old Montgomery Wards store. It is framed in yellow here:

This should give you some sense of the scale – at least if you have ever been in a Montgomery Wards in a major mall.  Huge footprint.

Rackspace expects to have 5,000 workers in this building in the next couple of years – and tens of thousands of servers.

But don’t worry about parking – there are a LOT of parking spots – almost the entire parking lot on the right of the photo is two story (the other parking is underground).

It took me almost an hour to walk all the way around this thing and get every part of it in pictures.

This sucker is giant.

I can’t wait until Rackspace grows into it!