March, 2013

Chris Strom Moderates Panel at DatacenterDynamics Converged Conference

Chris Strom, AthenianRazak’s Director of Project Development, recently moderated a panel at the Datacenter Dynamics Converged Conference in New York City. This highly-regarded session on Regional Resiliency and Superstorm Sandy addressed the regional challenges faced by critical environments in the aftermath of Sandy and examined models for managing regional resilience in the future.
The diverse panel explored how data center users and operators are facing regional risk and provided their perspectives on urban risk and how municipalities are responding. Panelists included:

  • Paul Hines, Vice President, Data Center Operations & Engineering, Sentinel Data Centers
  • Robert Bianco, Vice President / General Manager, TW Telecom
  • Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operations Officer, City of New York

Increasingly businesses are looking not only at the resilience of their infrastructure, but also the resilience of their supply chain – seeking non-regional suppliers for Diesel fuel for example – and working with their teams to make sure they have good working relationships with key partners during a disaster. At the Municipal level, New York City is undertaking a comprehensive effort to improve the resiliency and recovery time of core infrastructure, and shaping a plan to be released later this spring on how NYC will address resiliency in general as well as the specific challenges posted by climate change.

This session was covered in an article by Data Center Knowledge, which summarized the core takeaway from the session, “Data center operators must expand the scope of their disaster plans to adapt to larger and more intense storms, weighing contingencies that previously seemed unlikely.”
The DatacenterDynamics Converged Conference attracted more than 1,500 participants including those responsible for the design, build and operation of IT facilities as well as key IT decision makers.

AthenianRazak Welcomes Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to 833 Chestnut

Digital Realty has recently signed a lease with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for approximately 50,000 sq ft of office space at 833 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.  The build-out of the space is scheduled for completion in January 2014.

AthenianRazak is the Property Manager for Digital Realty at 833 Chestnut Street and will serve as the Project Manager to oversee the innovative build-out for Jefferson.  Studley, Inc. served as the broker for Thomas Jefferson and CBRE, Inc. was the broker for Digital Realty.

AthenianRazak would like to thank each of our partners in helping to close a complicated deal that provides an innovative use of urban space, putting together parts of three adjacent floors to provide a street entrance for patients, as well as creative areas for administrative teams and patient rooms.

Chris Strom Joins AthenianRazak as Director of Project Development

AthenianRazak is excited to welcome Chris Strom to our team as the newest Delian! Chris will serve as our Director of Project Development with responsibility for data center client services, development financing, and project development.

Chris has more than two decades of experience in real estate and development specializing in complex technical buildings.  He has a unique skill set that encompasses real estate development, architectural design, and construction and financing strategies that position him as a creative solution provider. This unique combination of skills allows him to address mission critical development projects from a variety of perspectives, providing expert guidance to clients that results in comprehensive and viable project strategies.

He has worked on transactions worth more than $3 billion and has been on multiple sides of real estate deals. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Chris led project development for some of the most innovative data center projects in North America.

You can read more about Chris and the AthenianRazak team here.  Just beware…Chris once operated a Nuclear reactor.

You can also click here to read the press release on Chris joining the AthenianRazak team.