BY JENNIFER WOODFORD
Summer at the NC Research Campus is heating up with building of all kinds.
Nicholas Kottyan, DataChambers CEO, anticipates that the warmer weather will allow the company to finish site work and begin construction this month on the company’s 50,000-square-foot data center at the NC Research Campus. Substantial completion is slated for late 2014. The contractor is Raleigh-based Clancey & Theys Construction Co.
DataChambers, which provides services from IT management to cloud computing for small businesses to billion dollar corporations, is already doing their part to build the local economy by hiring two business development and one marketing manager for the Charlotte area. As space in the new data center fills up, Kottyan expects to have a staff of at least 20 people.
“We have signed very substantial clients in the Charlotte-area, and we are talking to and negotiating with many others in Charlotte and other markets,” Kottyan said. “We are excited about the interest in our newest location considering we are seven months out from even opening the doors.”
As construction begins on the data center, the NCRC’s scientific reputation builds with the announcement of new discoveries. Appalachian State University’s identification of a new biomarker for measuring oxidative stress when exercising may change the understanding of how oxidative stress contributes to aging and diseases like cancer. NC State University’s creation of a food ingredient that can reduce peanut allergens has life-saving potential for those who live with the allergy.
Building the campus’ workforce and scientific capacity, the Duke Energy Foundation contributed $150,000 to the Plant Pathway Elucidation Project (P2EP) topping their previous donation of $100,000. P2EP is an educational, research program that pairs NCRC’s scientists with high school through graduate students to investigate how plants make bioactive compounds that are beneficial to human health and to establish a knowledge base of genetic data.
“It is important that we participate with the research campus because it is a vital part of this community that is having an impact on the entire state much like the Research Triangle did,” said Randy D. Welch, Duke Energy district manager of Government and Community Relations, “but the one thing that attracts us to P2EP is the collaborative effort. The collaboration that happens at the campus and as part of P2EP is exactly the type of program Duke Energy wants to support.”