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Ground broken for data center in Kannapolis

November 29, 2013
By Carole Howell

Construction of a new 50,000-square-foot Charlotte-region data center got its official start on Nov. 19 on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

DataChambers, a North Carolina information technology company, and Castle & Cooke Inc., developer of the research campus, broke ground on the data center. It’s expected to be complete by mid-2014 and to be staffed by 20 to 30 IT professionals.

DataChambers operates data centers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. It provides data backup and information co-location services (to store data off site) for 160 corporate clients across the U.S.

It provides client hosting and a variety of outsourced information technology services, including monitoring and management solutions, data backup and business recovery services.

Architects at Creech & Associates will design the structure, while McCracken & Lopez P.A., will provide mechanical, electrical and fire protection designs. Land Design is providing land planning and civil engineering.

“We have not selected a contractor yet, but we have a strong belief in hiring locally,” said DataChambers CEO Nicholas Kottyan.

To meet the rigorous standards of DataChambers and its clients, the new center will be built to withstand 135 mph winds and, according to Kottyan, will be one of a kind in terms of reinforcement of data centers.

It features state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC and network connectivity. It also will incorporate the latest LEED standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency.

“Building on the North Carolina Research Campus allows for a high level of security and more control of power feeds,” said Kottyan. The new data center will have redundant systems for electricity, including multiple generators.

Kottyan said the company plans to hire locally beginning in mid- to late summer 2014. Candidates should have prior experience in information technology and should be familiar with internet networking and security.

“This year alone, we’ve hired 10 or 11 people in Raleigh,” he said. “As customers ramp up, we’ll be hiring a number of folks.”

The DataChambers groundbreaking is the second on the research campus in less than a month. The city of Kannapolis broke ground Oct. 29 on a 100,000-square-foot municipal center. Together, DataChambers and the city will bring more than 300 jobs to the campus, officials said.

Carole Howell is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Carole? Email her at carole421@gmail.com.

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