Infomart

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INFOMART
Dallas Infomart.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, United States
Coordinates 32°48′03″N 96°49′11″W / 32.800953°N 96.819657°W / 32.800953; -96.819657Coordinates: 32°48′03″N 96°49′11″W / 32.800953°N 96.819657°W / 32.800953; -96.819657
Opening 1985
Technical details
Floor count 7
Design and construction
Architect Martin Growald
Developer Trammell Crow

The Infomart is one of the largest buildings in Dallas, Texas (USA). It was the world’s first and only information processing marketing center.[1]

History[edit]

The $85 million Infomart was opened as part of Trammell Crow's Dallas Market Center in 1985 on the site of the P.C. Cobb Stadium.[2] It was built to serve the needs of information technology companies and provide an environment that would stimulate growth. After several years as a permanent trade show for information technology vendors, the building was sold in 1999 and 2006.[3] The building was purchased by ASB Real Estate and currently serves as a technology office and data center, home to more than 110 technology and telecommunications companies.[4] The property and management team were recently merged with another Data Center operator, Fortune Data Centers, to create a national operator. The combined entity will operate under the name Infomart Data Centers.

Design[edit]

At 1,583,309-square-foot (147,094.2 m2) spread across 7 floors and 18.2 acres (74,000 m2), the Infomart is one of the largest and most distinctive buildings in Dallas.[5] The design was modeled after The Crystal Palace, a huge iron and glass building originally erected in Hyde Park in 19th century Britain to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.[6] The Infomart also contains a reproduction of the Crystal Fountain created by the same company, Barovier & Toso.[7] The Infomart was built with steel frame curtain wall construction. The building's hospital-grade electrical power is supplied by 4 independent electric feeds and six in-building transformer substations, providing a very reliable source. More than 16 fiber providers have a physical presence at the Infomart, allowing 8,700 strands of fiber into the building with bandwidth capacity near 26 trillion bytes per second.[8]

Location[edit]

The Infomart is located at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway in the Market Center neighborhood between Oak Lawn and Interstate 35E near downtown. It is served by DART's Market Center Station.

Tenants[edit]

A number of tenants are housed in the building. One organization is Wade College.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dallasmarketcenter.com/documents/oview_history.pdf
  2. ^ Whitt, Richie (April 12, 2010). "Texas Stadium: Rest in Pieces". Sportatorium (Dallas Observer). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Jordan, Jaime S. (2006-02-08). "Dallas Infomart sold to California firm - Dallas Business Journal". Dallas.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.infomartusa.com/history_home.html
  5. ^ "ULI - Development Case Studies". Casestudies.uli.org. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Infomart". Infomartusa.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  7. ^ "entschwindet und vergeht: the Infomart Uncanny". Youyouidiot.blogspot.com. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Infomart". Infomartusa.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  9. ^ Wade College directions

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