The new 2-Megawatt Generator has arrived at 1102 GRAND! In addition to adding the new generator for additional capacity, we have also expanded diesel fuel reserves by 6,000 gallons. We are in the process of finishing up plans to add a third and fourth generator and paralleling gear to create an N+1 configuration. Simultaneously with the generator project, we are in the process of changing the two primary service transformer banks from 1,500 KVA capacity to 2,500 KVA which will take us from 3,000 total KVA for the two existing services to 5,000 KVA.
Whether you have been a customer for years or are considering a space at 1102 GRAND, schedule an appointment today at email@example.com to see what we have been building.
Below is a photo of the new 2-Megawatt Generator being set into place.
1102 GRAND is proud to announce it has signed-on as Supporter for the first inauguralBig Kansas City conference March 26-28. The two-and-a-half day conference, organized by Silicon Prairie News, will host a variety of speakers including Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; Bo Fishback, founder and CEO of Zaarly; and Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water.
According to Big Kansas City organizers, four hundred of the nation’s most heartfelt hustlers, builders, entrepreneurs, change agents and doers will come together to hear stories of innovation from more than a dozen leading speakers, create lasting connections within the regional and national community and walk away with an energy to follow their passions. Big Kansas City is joining the prestigious “Big Series” which has included Big Omaha since 2009 and Big Des Moines since 2012.
Tuesday, March 26
at MoBank Downtown (1044 Main St.) – Open to the public
Wednesday, March 27
8:00 a.m Doors open / Breakfast at Hangar 9 (201 NW Lou Holland Dr.)
9:05 Jason Zone Fisher (Big Kansas City emcee)
9:15 Dan Hesse, Sprint
9:30 Alexis Ohanian, reddit
10:10 Adam Wilson, Sphero
10:45 Break presented by Hudl
11:15 Jamie Wong, Vayable
11:55 Scott Harrison, charity: water
12:30 Lunch with special edition 1 Million Cups
2:00 Abhi Nemani, Code for America
2:45 Dhani Jones, BowTie Cause
3:20 Break presented by Hudl
3:50 Ryan Downs, Proxibid
4:30 Extended Speaker Q&A Panel
9:00 p.m. The Middle Party presented by Sprint (closed to badge holders only)
at the Firestone Building, top floor (2001 Grand Blvd)
Thursday, March 28
8:30 a.m. Doors Open / Breakfast
9:35 Jason Zone Fisher
9:40 Amy Jo Martin, Digital Royalty
10:20 Thom Ruhe, Kauffman Foundation
10:45 Mike Macadaan, Science Inc.
11:20 Break presented by Hudl
11:40 Rachel Brooks, Citizen Made
12:20 Micah Baldwin, Graphic.ly
12:55 Lunch and “Silicon Prairie” film
2:10 Bo Fishback, Zaarly
2:55 Bart Stein, Stamped/Yahoo!
3:35 Dan Martell, clarity.fm
4:15 Hangar 9 Happy Hour presented by Arsalon Technologies
at The Cashew (2000 Grand Blvd) – Open to the Public
Amerimar Enterprises and Hunter Newby have begun work on the redevelopment of 1102 Grand, Kansas City’s carrier hotel. The partners acquired the building back in October 2012 and seek to reinforce it’s position as the pre-eminent carrier hotel in the region.
The partnership’s master plan for redevelopment has commenced with a complete overhaul of the electrical and cooling infrastructure, which is designed with a focus on cutting-edge, redundant technology. The overhaul will begin with adding two additional two-Megawatt generators and simultaneously increasing the incoming electrical service at the property by 66% to 5 MVA. The cooling system will be updated to include significant capacity increases, as well as redundancy at each level from origination to delivery.
During the redevelopment process, the building will also undergo a full façade repointing and selective replacement and resealing of windows. These improvements will further secure the building envelope and eliminate potential points of intrusion that could potentially compromise data center operations. The building management systems will upgraded to monitor all security, fire alarm, fire suppression, cooling and power
systems from one central command center and will be able to be accessed remo
tely. Along with improvements to the infrastructure of the
building, the support team at 1102 Grand has nearly doubled in size in order to ensure top-level security.
The redevelopment of 1102 Grand was made possible through the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the leadership of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority.
For more information on 1102 Grand, visit www.1102Grand.com.
Posted by: The 1102 GRAND Team
Last night, Silicon Prairie News made a splash within the Kansas City technology community when it announced that it would expand its highly successful Big Omaha, Big Des Moines to include Big Kansas City! This inaugural event will take place March 26-28 and feature some of the brightest entrepreneurial speakers around. 1102 GRAND urges any Kansas City technology professional and all entrepreneurs to sign up to attend this great event.
In addition to announcing Big Kansas City, Silicon Prairie News announced that Michael Stacy and Regan Carrizales will be relocating to Kansas City to represent Silicon Prairie News. Stacy, a Kansas City native has covered the Midwest region since 2011 and we look forward to having him local.
Please visit www.bigkansascity.com to register today!
Check out this article by Jeff Slobotski on Silicon Prairie News’ announcement on Big Kansas City.
If you rewind four years and five months, you arrive at the point when Silicon Prairie News went from an idea – something I thought I would hack away on during my free time – to a website and brand, launched with the help of another entrepreneur.
Through interviews, meetups, coffees, pitch sessions and other activities, the community embraced the idea, and together we built something I believe is truly amazing. The activity in the region now is the start of something great.
One component that strengthens our community is the regular events and activities that bring people together. I’ve always said it’s not about the size of the events but, rather, about making sure we have as many of the right folks in the room as possible.
In 2009, that was one of the goals of Big Omaha, a conference that featured speakers Gary Vaynerchuk and Jason Fried (right) and a half-dozen more entrepreneurs and innovators. Our aim was to give attendees a “kick in the pants,” to inspire them to follow their passion and start the business they love.
In turn, our attendees gave us a “kick in the pants.” Enthusiasm for Big Omaha its first few years led us to launch a similar event in Des Moines in 2011. And in 2013, we’ll be doing the same in Kansas City.
We’re thrilled to reveal that Big Kansas City, our inaugural Kansas City event, will take place March 26-28.
Our goal in Kansas City is to continue delivering the experience you have come to expect from each of our previous events. We’re excited to have Big Kansas City join Big Omaha and Big Des Moines (our new name for Thinc Iowa) as the first events of our Big Series.
Each event follows our familiar format – more than a dozen entrepreneurial speakers over two and a half days – but accentuates the unique culture, people and venues of its host city.
We launched a website Tuesday with more details and – for those of you anxious to join us in March – put discounted tickets on sale for a limited time. Visit bigkansascity.co to secure your spot today!
By: The 1102 GRAND Team
We are pleased to announce that KCnext‘s fall IT networking event is less than a week away. The team at 1102 GRAND urges all Kansas City technology professionals, tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to register for this great networking opportunity. Join other area professionals to discuss the latest happenings of Kansas City!
FALL IT NETWORKING EVENT
Thursday, November 15
Raffles occur at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
KCnext members: no charge
Non-KCnext members: $15 per ticket
College Basketball Experience
1401 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
Posted by: The 1102 GRAND Team
Thank you to Alsyon Raletz at the Kansas City Business Journal for featuring 1102 GRAND and its plans for the future in a recent article. Late last month, 1102 GRAND was bought by investor Hunter Newby and real estate firm Amerimar Enterprises Inc.
1102 Grand buyers plan to add a new fiber-optic network
The East Coast investors who bought 1102 Grand LLC say they were attracted to one of the Kansas City area’s only Internet carrier hotels because of its access to fiber-optic cable. Now, they’re attracting interest from the local tech community with word that one of the new owners plans to connect the facility to a different type of fiber network.
A spokeswoman for the new owners, investor Hunter Newby and real estate firm Amerimar Enterprises Inc., said that Kansas City is slated for the network but that no date has been set.
Amerimar Enterprises announces it has acquired 1102 Grand Avenue, a fiber-rich building located in Downtown Kansas City. With many of the building’s occupants specializing in telecommunications, Amerimar Enterprises is partnering with telecom industry veteran Hunter Newby to own and operate the Property. Notably, Kansas City has recently flourished with fiber builds and network development; this is due, in a large part, to the willingness and encouragement of the city and its IT-savvy community to foster and promote this activity with the intent to further increase the area’s business and economic opportunities.
“1102 Grand fits squarely within Amerimar’s strategy to acquire properties with stable cash flow and the opportunity to add value over time through infrastructure improvements,” states Jerry Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amerimar. “1102 is a natural fit for the Amerimar platform, and we’re thrilled to be working with Hunter Newby on yet another telecom property.”
The 26-story, 194,000-square-foot property was originally developed in 1931 as an office building. The property has since been redeveloped into the most fiber-dense, network-neutral facility in the Kansas City Metro area and is one of the fastest growing telecommunication hubs in the Midwest. The building serves as a major hub for data and Internet traffic in the region by providing the necessary data center infrastructure for carriers, service providers, and enterprise customers to interconnect with one another reliably and cost effectively. The building’s location is of particular interest to telecom businesses, with immediate access to the Axon ring (the fiber optic loop that connects the Johnson County area of the Kansas City Metro with Downtown Kansas City). The building also provides highly reliable data center operations with its robust power and HVAC infrastructure.
About Amerimar Enterprises, Inc.:
Amerimar Enterprises, Inc. is a real estate development, investment and management firm with offices in Philadelphia and New York. Amerimar is a recognized leader in the renovation and repositioning of office, hotel, retail, multi-family and mixed-use properties throughout the US and UK. Since 1993, Amerimar has acquired over 50 properties totaling approximately 10.5 million square feet of office, 870,000 square feet of retail, 3,200 hotel rooms and 2,600 residential units. 22 of those projects were either new development or substantial renovations. For more information on Amerimar, please visit www.amerimar.com
About Hunter Newby:
Hunter Newby is a communications network business and real estate investor and developer with a highly successful track record of creating value. He is recognized globally as a thought-leader in the industry. Mr. Newby has held a senior role in over $600 Million of transactions, served on several Advisory Boards, is a published author, public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards including being named to the Global Telecoms Business Top 40 Under 40 in 2010. For more information please visit www.hunternewby.com.
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By: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
I was fortunate to recently catch up and visit with Jason Clements about his organization, Cells for Cells.
Tell me about Cells for Cells and what the organization is all about:
Cells for Cells recycles cell phones to raise money for cancer charities. Our primary beneficiary is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We love working with the LLS because we’ve requested that our donations go to its Patient Aid Fund and Co-Pay Assistance Programs. Families battling cancer, right now, can get some fairly immediate financial help. We understand that research dollars are needed, but we enjoy making an impact today with the money we raise.
What was your inspiration for starting Cells for Cells?
Cells for Cells co-founder Aaron Randel and I both lost family members to cancer. Aaron lost his mom to leukemia and breast cancer and I lost my grandfather to lung cancer. It was catastrophic for us to go through that without knowing about resources that are readily available at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are big-time advocates of the LLS and the incredible work that they do to help families battling cancer.
Could you share one or two recent success stories that Cells for Cells has had?
First, we ran into a very cool opportunity outside of our work for cancer charities. We got introduced to the folks at Keep Omaha Beautiful. Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to litter reduction, beautification and education on solid waste issues. We are working with KOB by recycling all the cell phones, batteries and chargers that they receive from all of the folks that love keeping Omaha beautiful.
Second, Cells for Cells has been testing a buy-back program with a few of our partners. You see, most of the Cells for Cells Partners are able to donate their old devices, which is awesome. However, with today’s economy, some companies need to recycle those funds back into their telecom or IT budgets. Hey, we get that. But the way we do it, Cells for Cells can still buy-back devices and create a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We think a lot more companies will recycle with us for that reason.
What types of companies do you typically work with?
Our biggest fans and our best partners are those that understand that the Cells for Cells end result is not just recycling cell phones – the end result is touching lives. We work with super-hero individuals that ship us a box of phones every now and again; and we also work with some of Kansas City’s biggest and most influential companies like Ferrellgas Propane, Applebee’s, UMB, Waddell & Reed, Black & Veatch, Boulevard Brewery, Shaw Electric, Deffenbaugh Industries, Water District No.1 of Johnson County and a whole lot more. I am grateful to each and every person who goes out of their way to help our mission.
How would a company or individual get involved with Cells for Cells?
Just contact us through our website www.cellsforcells.com or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you already recycle your cell phones through another program, you can read 8 Tips for Making Mobile Phone Recycling Easier and Eight More Tips to Make Cell Phone Recycling Even Easier.
What does Cells for Cells recommend concerning data security and donating or selling an old cell phone?
Cells for Cells recommends that you remove your sim and sd card and then follow your manufacturer’s guide for data clearing and wiping. It is just something to be smart about; not worry or be stressed about. My opinion is that the media creates some unnecessary worry for companies and individuals with these one-off stories of people getting their phones stolen. If you look at the Privacy Right Clearinghouse website, there is only 1 (yes, just one) instance of records/data lost since 2005, because of a lost/stolen cell phone/smart phone. (You’ll have to look at the Nov. 23, 2011 incident report from the University of Kentucky Healthcare: “An employee’s phone was lost or stolen on September 25, 2011. Patient health conditions, medical record numbers, and possibly even names could be accessed from the phone.”)
How much money can someone raise by recycling a cell phone?
We are approaching a solid milestone: $40,000 raised for families that are battling cancer, just by recycling old and busted cell phones. I can remember that cool and excited feeling of taking our first check to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society office – it was just $15.75! Some boxes of phones create a few dollars and some boxes can create $1000. The principle is that it all adds up over time.
I can’t thank Jason enough for sharing his unique and inspirational story with the 1102 GRAND blog readership. It gives me additional ideas how I can help out within our community. So, if you have an old cell laying around in a drawer, I think I have five, talk with Jason and make arrangements to donate. That donation may help you or someone you love at some point.
By: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
Exciting times to be involved with the tech community in the KC area! It seems like every other day I am asked what good tech networking/educational opportunities are coming up in the area so I thought I would highlight the events that I am looking forward to. I am sure I missed a few, so feel free to join and add events that you are excited about to 1102 GRAND Networking Group on LinkedIn or on our Facebook page.
1102 GRAND is excited to once again have the opportunity to be the Host Sponsor for the upcoming KCnext fall IT networking event! Save the date - Thursday November 15th , 5-8 at the College Basketball Experience. These IT networking events provide the unique opportunity to connect with
technology industry professionals, exchange innovative ideas and establish beneficial relationships and strategic partnerships to grow your business. The events also promote KC’s assets for the technology sectors and innovators within the industry. Make sure you register at www.kcnext.com to be notified when you can sign up.
Here are a few other opportunities to network that have recently been brought to my attention.
The Technology Entrepreneurs Speakers Program features innovative technology business leaders discussing ideas and opportunities for future generations of entrepreneurs. The next in the series is scheduled Oct. 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Polsinelli Shughart.
The featured speaker will be Asim Pasha, co-CEO of Sporting Innovations. Pasha recently led the technical design and implementation at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, which is considered by many to be the most technically advanced stadium in the world. He also launched Fan360, a software platform to drive fan experience to new levels. Register HERE!
Tech Cocktail mixes Kansas City’s tech startups with hundreds of tech enthusiasts. The result is a blend of mind-sharing, connections, access to talent and capital. This inaugural event will showcase some of KC’s tech startups in an expo-style format giving attendees direct access to these companies. Click HERE for more information!
Compute Midwest (CMW) is a conference + hackathon in Kansas City that delves into new ideas, emerging technologies, and especially their impact on the Midwest region looking forward.
You’ll hear from tech leaders, startup founders, and innovators as they share their vision of the future. Find out where technology is going and discover how Kansas City can capitalize on Google Fiber.
I will look forward to learning from you what other tech events are coming up on our LinkedIn Group!
By: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s data center and Internet hub, is pleased to celebrate its customer lounge grand opening. The event took place on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. Customers were able to network and have the chance to win great technology gadgets in the new customer lounge.
The lounge provides a place for customers to relax and a place for customer interaction to take place. Not only is 1102 GRAND a hub for the Internet in the region, but we are a center for facilitating business relationships. We look forward to using the new customer lounge to further those endeavors through additional networking and educational events.
The new customer lounge is equipped with TVs, a foosball table, a pool table, Wi-Fi, dartboard and a kitchenette. The lounge will provide a place for customers to meet with vendors, have a spot to relax outside of the data center or to connect with other 1102 GRAND customers.
Tours of the customer lounge can be scheduled daily, as well as other data center spaces throughout 1102 GRAND. For more information go to www.1102Grand.com.
1102 GRAND is a Midwestern carrier hotel and network neutral colocation facility specifically enhanced with the infrastructure to host and provide services to an array of global network operators including carriers, service providers and enterprise customers who demand highly secure and connected, customized solutions for their core networking equipment. 1102 GRAND offers a wide array of colocation options including cabinets, cage space, suites and space for private data centers, all of which are connected to a carrier neutral Meet Me Room, housing nearly 30 carriers and service providers. “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @1102grand.