Permanent Nap Home Topped Off In 2000
Written by Marilyn Bowden on January 11, 2001
By Marilyn Bowden
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The Technology Center of the Americas topped off at the close of 2000 ahead of schedule, says Sandy Gonzalez-Levy, senior vice president at Terremark Worldwide.
Terremark is developer and operator of the six-story, 740,000-square-foot building at 50 NE Ninth St.
It will house a permanent NAP of the Americas — a Tier-1 Network Access Point that Ms. Gonzalez-Levy said is the fifth of its kind in the world and the first to be constructed from the ground up.
So far, 74 global carriers, Internet service providers and others have contracted to use the facility, which will provide high-speed connectivity to Latin America.
The other Tier-1 network access points are in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.
The NAP will fill about 125,000 square feet. The rest of the building will be leased out.
Ms. Gonzalez-Levy said the building will be the prototype for other TerreNAP Data Centers the company plans to establish in emerging markets.
"We topped off on Dec. 30," she said, "and will be operational by mid-year. So actual construction of the site will be done in a total of nine months."
The unprecedented speed of construction was recognized by the American Concrete Institute, Ms. Gonzalez-Levy said.
The institute called the total of 100,000 square feet of beams placed and concrete slabs poured in a single week at the NAP site "an unofficial record."
The topping off, she said, came the same day as the official operational launch of an interim NAP at 1 NE First St., which will serve NAP customers until the permanent site opens later this year.