By merging data centers with office space,
"This used to be a call center for Aetna, but it also happens to be perfect for 500 cabinets of data centers," he said. "We're going to take the ceiling down, raise the floor 3 feet high. The floor is going to have moving air in it that is pushed through perforated tiles, cooling off the data center."
In 2012, Lam began to repurpose the 500,000-square-foot office complex in
"Co-working, we're imagining, will fill up the building," Lam said. "Around 80 percent of the building we want to be filled with this new working environment, which is great for incubators, investors, startup companies - andit's also goodfor creating jobs."
For Lam, these open space co-working centers are the future of technology innovation. Already, there are some 75 people in the mostly unoccupied space that could house 1,500 to 2,000, and he notes the company is already seeing interest without any preliminary marketing push.
Lam has had these visions before. In 2004, he was a commercial architect with 20 years of experience when he noticed a growing conflict between emerging technologies and an increasingly outdated business infrastructure.
This realization led him to found
"Back then, and still today, if you were a corporation that needed new data center space because your existing space was getting old or you'd outgrown it, you would call your real estate broker for additional data center space," he said. "It just seemed weird to me that you'd call a real estate broker for a technology need."
When it comes to the more relaxed atmosphere of these co-working spaces, the benefits seem obvious to
"Collaboration," Casabona said. "In TechLaunch, we have a co-working space for 16 weeks. What happens is one company has an issue and then another company hears about it and provides their
Along with co-working spaces, the campus also has more conventional office space on its fourth and fifth floors as part of
J.P. Terry, CEO of SmartDoc Technologies, had been working out of a space in
"From a technical standpoint, we literally could move right in," Terry said in his office on the building's fifth floor. "Our servers are downstairs, so that's all our mission-critical stuff. All we had to do was move in our laptops and IP phones."
Even with the convenience, the biggest benefit for Terry is the community Lam is cultivating at the campus.
"Even though we're a technology company, we're really programmers, and programmers are not network people," Terry said. "So having access to network people is a huge advantage.... The expertise is right here."
Looking further to the future, Lam hopes to foster a symbiotic relationship between that community and his own resources.
'We run the risk of outdating ourselves," Lam said. "The technology that J.P. was praising - that's going to be outdated really quickly. That's why we have to have this culture of constant review."
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