NC Research Campus Welcomes DataChambers
On November 19, 150 business and community leaders from Cabarrus County and throughout the Charlotte region braved cold and windy weather to attend a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome DataChambers to the NC Research Campus.
“In partnership with Mr. Murdock and Castle & Cooke, Inc., we will be building one of the largest, most state-of-the-art, third-party data centers in the region. It will be unmatched,” said DataChamabers CEO Nicholas L. Kottyan.
“We are proud to be here today,” commented David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder and chairman and CEO of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company. “We continue to build. The new data center will be buried with a lot of work from all of the new companies that will be here.”
Steve Lommel, PhD, interim president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute, added, “We have entered the era of big data and it is transformative. DataChambers datacenter on the campus is a validation that the greater Charlotte area is a player in the big data arena. Datachambers is a natural fit for the campus as research is a big data generator, and the presence of Datachambers will help us secure and protect the data so it can best be made useable for new discoveries in health and nutrition.”
The 50,000-square-foot data center 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. 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.
The facility at the NC Research Campus is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014. Charlotte-area businesses have been selected to support the 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. DataChambers currently operates data centers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh.
The DataChambers groundbreaking follows on the heels of last month’s ceremony that broke ground for a new city of Kannapolis municipal center and police headquarters that will be built on campus. In the last two years, the campus has also opened the NCRC Medical Plaza, Cabarrus Health Alliance headquarters, greenhouse facilities and speculative laboratory space in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building.
DataChambers is joining the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis.
“With its prime location just minutes from Charlotte Douglas 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.”
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 at Research Campus Drive and Main Street 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.
DataChambers represents an important resource for attracting new companies and research organizations to the NCRC and the region. “Working with our regional partners like Charlotte Regional Partnership, Cabarrus Economic Development and Duke Energy, we are proud to bring 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.
DataChambers will be the eighteenth campus partner. The NCRC is already home to the David H. Murdock Research Institute and 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.
Specific plans for the data center’s design and timeframe 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.
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 NCRC has thousands of square feet of lab and office space under management that includes five buildings and the research power of nine world-renowned universities and colleges in North Carolina. In addition to the university presence, the NCRC is home to General Mills, Sensory Spectrum, Monsanto, LabCorp and Dole Foods, Inc. For more information, visit www.ncresearchcampus.net.