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HOUSTON-Some high-tech companies are looking for “secure and dry temporary space” in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison, says Andrew Spence, Cushman Realty Corp.’s vice president of the technology practice group.

The 570,000-sf WiredZone in the city’s Westchase submarket is going to benefit, says Spence, WiredZone’s leasing agent. And, he expects some of those firms now knocking on the door of 5959 Corporate Dr. will end up permanent tenants “once they know they’ll have peace of mind that another disaster like this won’t affect them at WiredZone,” stresses Spence. High-tech features and building location are responsible for the building’s unscathed condition from the storm.

The structure is home to such bandwidth-intensive companies as Telescan, AT&T and Excel. Chevron Pipeline Co. also maintains a disaster recovery center in the basement of the high-tech campus. However, Tim Milligan of Jones Lang LaSalle, the property’s manager, tells GlobeSt.com that Chevron didn’t need to use the facility during Allison’s pounding.

In fact, the Westchase submarket didn’t take on nearly as much water as other sections of town, partly due to a large retention facility in the WiredZone area. The area’s greenscape also has helped considerably because there’s far less concrete and a lot more soil and grass to absorb runoff water.

WiredZone president Jud Pankey says the flood is a warning that property’s must have systems in place in the event of such disasters. The WiredZone structure boasts 18 pumps, four capable of handling 1,800 gallons of water per minute.

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