West Chicago is home to a new burgeoning technology park that promises redundant connectivity with multiple communication carriers; the 800-acre industrial park under development in West Chicago holds promise of up to 2,000 local jobs, using an assortment of communication options to attract high-tech-oriented tenants.
DuPage National Technology Park (DNTP) is owned by the DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) and is being developed by CenterPoint Properties of Oak Brook, Ill. The DNTP business plan calls for 2 million square feet of industrial space, 2.6 million square feet dedicated to technology firms and 600,000 square feet that contain other businesses, such as retail, restaurants and commercial firms.
DNTP’s telecom strategy combines three fiber optic rings, multiple-carrier access and a 1 gigabit Ethernet switch/router facility to form what CenterPoint calls a “mission-critical, data-sensitive, security-sensitive operation.”
According to Jim Michalik, a registered communications distribution designer (RCDD) consultant with Sentinel Technologies of Downers Grove, Ill., there are two Tier 1 network point of presence (NetPOP) facilities contained inside the park—NetPop No. 1 on the north and NetPop No. 2 further south.
Multiple fiber rings with traditional telecom choices ensure signal paths exist even when problems develop in part of the communication network.
“Each provider brings services in from one direction through the park’s north entrance and services in through the park’s south entrance,” Michalik said. “For example, AT&T brought high-speed services in from their West Chicago central office through the park’s north entrance. They also brought complementary services in from their Geneva, Ill., central office through the park’s south entrance.”
The West Chicago central office (CO) ultimately connects with the Chicago Loop, then with Milwaukee, and on until reaching the East Coast. In turn, AT&T’s Geneva office connects to Aurora, Ill., which connects to Kansas City, Minneapolis, and on until it reaches the West Coast. All of these COs also connect with Lisle and Oak Brook, so if a circuit is severed, service continues.
The park is largely still in the development stage, but there are several starts and one complete tenant in place within the park.
Pella Corp. has its headquarters on the far south side of the park. The cyber continuity center (CCC) I building is under construction, while CCC II still is in the design phase. Pella installed a private fiber link between the two CCC structures.
For more information on the DNTP project, visit www.dntp.com.
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