On April 26, 2013, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation awarded The Old Post Office the Marguerite Williams Award for Excellence in Restoration.
Davis has moved his Information Technology contracting firm, Alterra Networks, to the main and top floors of The Old Post Office. A colocation center is housed in the 4,500 square foot basement. Colocation centers are secure facilities with backup power generators and massive cooling systems that house hardware and software systems for clients. Most users of a colocation center desire to have a secure offsite backup of their critical data. Geographic separation is also a plus – a firm in Savannah, for example, would want its backup data out of the hurricane zone for disaster recovery purposes. Entities that have outgrown the current IT facilities on their campuses can also benefit from relocating assets that need to be retained but not front line production critical in a colocation center.
Davis explains, “I have a client who is looking at a six figure capital expansion project. He was about to take space from another department in his facility to expand his IT shop. Besides displacing another department, he was going to have to purchase generators, battery backups, cooling systems, network electronics and cabling, and staff it all when he was done. Now he gets to dodge an unpopular capital project by locating his equipment in the Old Post Office for a monthly fee. That’s a win-win in my book.”
There are so many winners in this project. A 100 year old landmark has been saved, restored, and put back right for the next century. A local business has expanded and been assisted by a City and Downtown Development Authority that is passionate and committed to making businesses succeed downtown. Downtown Dublin will gain 15 new residents and an established business. The community banks that fund Davis and Alterra Networks have a solid project to finance.
“To have the Old Post office look like 1912 upstairs and 2112 downstairs is amazing”, says Davis. “We’ve just been very blessed…there is no place else I’d rather be.”