Published in Opportunities, a real estate to research newsletter of the NC Research Campus
June 30, 2013
DataChambers, a North State Communications company that specializes in information technology services, is joining the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte.
“With its prime location just minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the city center, the North Carolina Research Campus offers us the perfect spot for an expansion into the Charlotte market,” said Nicholas Kottyan, CEO of DataChambers. “We hope to serve fellow tenants at the campus, businesses in the greater Charlotte region and those located elsewhere who want geographical separation of their systems for business continuity.”
Data Center Details
Castle & Cooke, Inc., the developers of the NCRC, finalized an agreement early this month with DataChambers, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, to build a 50,000 square-foot data center near Research Campus Drive on the NCRC’s 350-acre campus.
The building will be rated to withstand hurricane-force winds, feature state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC, network connectivity and incorporate the latest LEED standards developed by the US Green Building Council for energy efficient operation. The new data center will provide services such as hosted and cloud-based infrastructure solutions, around the clock network management and a variety of data backup and business continuity solutions.
Specific plans for the data center’s design and a time frame for construction are in development. The construction of the new facility is expected to bring at least 20 jobs for professionals with experience in information technology that will add to the 600 jobs already associated with the NCRC.
DataChambers represents an important resource for attracting new companies and research organizations to the NC Research Campus and the region. “We are proud to be part of bringing such a strong corporate partner to the Charlotte region that will help boost our presence and our local economy by providing additional technological capabilities,” said NCRC’s Vice President of Business Development Clyde HIggs.
The project originally came to the NC Research Campus through Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). “We met DataChambers at one of the recruiting events we attended around the country and brought the project home to the NCRC,” said Margie Bukowski, CEDC president and CEO. “We were part of the meetings to create and help finalize an agreement dealing with all of the details from utilities to geography, transportation and employee wages and skills. Everything needed to build the economy of the future, which Kannapolis and Cabarrus County are certainly becoming.”
NCRC Continues Expansion
The company is the eighteenth campus partner. The NCRC is already home to the David H. Murdock Research Instituteand five corporate, two healthcare and nine academic partners. The addition of DataChambers marks continued NCRC expansion. Cabarrus Health Alliance headquarters opened in 2012, the NCRC Medical Plaza that will house Carolinas Healthcare System will open fall 2013, speculative laboratory space is constructed and being leased and a new Kannapolis city hall is slated for construction on campus.
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