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BREINIGSVILLE, PA-Data Based Systems International Inc. and MRA Group have embarked on a project to convert a $40 million, 228,600-sf former AT&T facility at TEK Park Campus here into a data and disaster recovery center. The two companies were brought together by Wall Street West, a non-profit organization that is focused on enhancing workforce and economic development in the financial services, information technology and related industries in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The data center, which will be located at 4 TEK Park and ready for occupation at the end of the year, is receiving a $16 million investment, most of which will go towards the purchase of equipment. Part of the investment consists of a $1.67 million state economic development funding package. DBSi, which will run the center, has similar facilities in nearby Bethlehem and Valley Forge.

“TEK Park has incredible structures and infrastructure surrounding, which makes it an ideal place for this data center for DBSi,” a Wall Street West source tells GlobeSt.com. “It has this tremendous power capability coming into that building. It has a 12 megawatt backup generator, which is important.”

Larry Stuardi, CEO of MRA Group, which developed TEK Park, agrees that “what DBSi is doing is taking advantage of about $100 million of infrastructure that’s already on site, which is decreasing their cost. When you’re talking about building out a data center, usually that would be a 12 to 18 month process. Here, the electric, the cooling, everything is in place, so they can move forward as quickly as possible.”

TEK Park is a multi-tenant technology campus aimed at disaster recovery, biopharma and technology firms. Total floorspace is more than 600,000 sf, according to Stuardi. The future home of DBSi was built in 2000. The park is ideal for disaster recovery since it is located far from New York City and has a separate power operator, making it a good spot in case of terror attacks. According to Morgan, these were attributes which attracted DBSi to the location.

“DBSi saw the tremendous potential in the facility, the backup generation capability, the location. These made it an ideal spot for them to go and make further enhancements to the building,” says Morgan.

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