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Redundant Power Coming to UK’s Coldstream Research Campus
LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 18, 2009) − Coldstream Research Campus will begin offering redundant power and fiber optics by early next year. Kentucky Utilities is currently constructing a new substation off Georgetown Road and an overhead route to the university's research campus at the intersection of I-75 and I-64. Construction will begin later this summer on an underground duct bank system to distribute power and data strategically throughout the 735-acre campus.
Redundant power helps ensure that if one source of power malfunctions, a second one can pick up the slack without interruption. Fiber optics provide some of the highest connection speeds possible today which lets companies share large amounts of data quickly with suppliers, partners, researchers and customers.
"We know that redundant power and fiber optics are important to the types of companies we want at Coldstream - data and technology centers, labs with sensitive equipment, testing facilities, and financial centers," says Len Heller, UK vice president for Commercialization & Economic Development, whose office includes Coldstream. "Adding redundant power to Coldstream will position us in the top tier of research parks in the Midwest."
Vince Kellen, UK's new CIO for Information Technology, says, "Leading 21st century businesses have two distinct features - they are data-intensive and they have a need to collaborate closely with many other researchers and companies across the globe. This requires a reliable facilities infrastructure that is immune to the vagaries of power supply and that is highly connected to the Internet and to other data centers worldwide." Kellen and Heller are working on plans for the university’s next generation data center at Coldstream.
The redundant feeds project will be financed primarily with a $5.5 million grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority's High-Tech Investment Pool. Heller, as president and CEO of Kentucky Technology Inc., UK's for-profit corporation, is overseeing the KEDFA grant. According to Deborah Clayton, who serves as commissioner of the Department of Commercialization and Innovation in the state economic development cabinet, "The University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus is an impressive economic development asset."
Work has been underway for the past year on a new vision and master development plan for Coldstream. "This infrastructure improvement will be an important asset for marketing the new Coldstream and recruiting companies, specifically high-tech companies, to our campus," says Coldstream Executive Director Tina Carpenter. "We also have companies at Coldstream now that need a redundant electrical power and fiber optic supply."
"Coldstream is poised to be a premier Kentucky location for high-tech businesses including our own UK spin-off companies," says UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. "We simply do not have enough space in our campus incubators for all of our faculty who want to start companies. This is actually a good problem and Coldstream is the answer."