North Carolina Research Campus
(Kannapolis, NC – November 18, 2013) DataChambers, a North Carolina information technology company, and Castle & Cooke, Inc., North Carolina, the developer of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, will break ground for a new 50,000-square-foot data center at 11 am, Tuesday, November 19.
The event will be held at North Research Campus Drive and Laureate Way, near North Main Street in downtown Kannapolis. Key speakers at the November 19 groundbreaking will be DataChambers CEO Nicholas L. Kottyan and David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder and chairman and CEO of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company. Steve Lommel, PhD, interim president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute, and Lynne Scott Safrit, president of Castle & Cooke, North Carolina, will also speak.
Parking will be available off Laureate Way and in the NC Research Campus parking garage. The event is open to the public.
DataChambers Charlotte-area Data Center
DataChambers announced the decision to expand into the Charlotte region in June, selecting the NC Research Campus for its easy access to the interstate and proximity to the Charlotte Douglas International and Concord Regional airports.
“The NC Research Campus gives us an ideal home base for serving Charlotte-area businesses and the growing NCRC community,” said Kottyan. “We are eager to have the project underway and have the space we need to serve our growing client base.”
DataChambers currently operates data centers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. The facility at the NC Research Campus is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014 and will be staffed by 20 to 30 IT professionals. DataChambers plans to host client systems at the new facility and to offer a variety of outsourced information technology services, including monitoring and management solutions, data backup and business recovery services.
To meet the rigorous standards of DataChambers and its clients, the new center will be built to withstand hurricane-force winds and will feature state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC and network connectivity. It also will incorporate the latest LEED standards developed by the US Green Building Council for energy-efficient operation.
Charlotte-area businesses have been selected to support the DataChambers project. Architects at Creech & Associates will design the structure, while McCracken & Lopez, PA, will provide mechanical, electrical and fire protection designs. Land Design is providing land planning and civil engineering.
“In an information age like the one we are living in, a company like DataChambers and what they bring to not only our campus but our region and state is invaluable to advancing research and our economy,” Murdock commented.
For the NC Research Campus, the DataChambers groundbreaking is the second in less than a month. The City of Kannapolis broke ground for a long-awaited 100,000-square-foot municipal center on October 29. Together, DataChambers and the City of Kannapolis will bring over 300 jobs to the campus.
The NC Research Campus has experienced continued growth with the opening of the NCRC Medical Plaza housing Carolinas Healthcare System earlier this year, and the Cabarrus Health Alliance headquarters in 2012. The campus has also seen the addition of NC State University greenhouse facilities and three speculative laboratory suites in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building. Recently, the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Research Services Division announced an expansion of its office space.
About the North Carolina Research Campus
The NC Research Campus is a 350-acre campus in Kannapolis, NC, just north of Charlotte, which is home to corporate, academic and healthcare partners focused on advancing science at the intersection of human health, agriculture and nutrition. Research and product development primarily focuses on breeding healthier fruits and vegetables, developing more effective functional food products and targeting new plant-based therapeutic and personalized approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease. The NC Research Campus has a million square feet of lab and office space under management that includes five buildings and the research power of the David H. Murdock Research Institute, eight North Carolina universities, one community college, two healthcare organizations and six corporations. For more information, visit www.ncresearchcampus.net.