Global Access Point
Global Access Point, LLC is a multi-site data center and network operator that designs, builds, and manages data centers, network infrastructure and fiber assets for mid-sized to large enterprises as well as global telecommunication and cloud providers. Their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) wholesale data center model offers flexible data center and network design, highly reliable power and cooling, and robust connectivity.
Interior of Union Station in 2009
|Union Station Technology Center|
|Headquarters||South Bend, Indiana, United States|
Number of locations
Kevin Smith, Founder and CEO
Shane Fimbel, COO
Dwayne Nethercutt, CTOJames Krolikowski, Engineering Director
|Products||Data Centers and Network|
Besides their flagship operation in South Bend, Indiana (known as "Union Station Technology Center" or just "Union Station"), Global Access Point operates satellite deployments in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, and has announced plans to expand its South Bend operation into the next-door Studebaker manufacturing plant redevelopment in South Bend's Renaissance District.
What is now Global Access Point's flagship facility, Union Station, was built in 1929 in South Bend, Indiana. The building operated as a train station until 1972, and remained vacant until 1979 when Global Access Point's founder Kevin Smith purchased and renovated the building. For several years, parts of the building operated as event and manufacturing space. Because of Union Station's close proximity to Chicago, as well as one of the nation's largest fiber corridors on the adjacent railroad line, Mr. Smith began leasing space to telecommunications carriers to operate regeneration equipment in the late 1980s. Operations expanded in the early 2000s as Union Station became a colocation facility and later expanded into modular data suites and network operations. Today, Union Station is home to multiple national and international companies, primarily in the cloud, finance, insurance, life science, and research sectors, as well as 17+ telecommunications carriers (as of June, 2016.)
Data Center LocationsEdit
Global Access Point's flagship operation is located in South Bend, Indiana (Union Station Technology Center). The data center/carrier hotel has 93,000 square ft of private and co-location space, houses more than 17+ network service providers and multiple managed service providers.
Global Access Point also has a second location in South Bend, the Studebaker factory houses 150,000 square ft of private and co-location space.
Global Access Point operates a satellite deployment out of 350 E. Cermak in Chicago, IL. The data center/carrier hotel has 150,000 square ft of private and co-location space, houses over 1000 network service providers and multiple managed service providers.
Global Access Point operates a satellite deployment out of 800 Oliver in Indianapolis, IN. The data center/carrier hotel has 2,500 square ft of private and co-location space, houses more than 20+ network providers and multiple managed service providers.
Global Access Point operates a satellite deployment out of 900 Walnut in St. Louis, MO. The data center/carrier hotel has 110,000 square ft of private and co-location space, houses more than 25+ network providers and multiple managed service providers.