Baltimore Technology Park data center, power capacity growing

March 09, 2010|By Edward Gunts | ed.gunts@baltsun.com

The Baltimore Technology Park is building a $5 million expansion that will provide 7,000 square feet of space and support up to six megawatts of power for law firms, educational institutions, health care providers and others seeking data center services. The 30,000-square-foot technology park opened five years ago in the shell of a one-story former whiskey warehouse at 1401 Russell St., just south of M&T Bank Stadium, and now has several dozen customers. Its expansion is scheduled for completion in April. Company officials say the expansion was needed to meet continuing high demand in the area for secure and reliable data center services.

They say companies with growing IT initiatives, compliance requirements and Disaster Recovery plans can implement them more efficiently by using a data center such as the Baltimore Technology Park than creating them on their own premises. They say the Russell Street facility can also serve companies seeking to consolidate data centers as a result of mergers, acquisitions and downsizing.

For its buildout, the technology park selected Plano-Coudon, a construction management and general contracting firm based in Baltimore. Electrical work will be handled by Brown and Heim of Baltimore. The upgrade in commercial power will be provided by additional feeds from Baltimore Gas and Electric, backed by uninterruptible power supplies and generators.

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