Large tech firm expands into old downtown Reno Post Office
Switch is building the largest data center campus in the world just east of Reno-Sparks at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Here's a look at the company's plans for the site. Provided by Switch
Switch, a large data center and technology company, just leased the second floor of the historic U.S. Post Office in downtown Reno. They will fill the entire floor above The Basement merchant area and West Elm furniture store.
Switch, headquartered in Las Vegas, is an internet data storage company that has developed more than 350 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs.
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Now the Post Office only needs one last floor of tenants to fill it up. Building owner Bernie Carter said he has a technology company filling half the third floor, but said it was up to them to make the announcement, not him.
City of Reno permits for third-floor construction did not reveal who is moving in.
Carter said Switch's decision to move downtown is another game changer for the neighborhood, just like West Elm before them.
“I think it’s really good (Switch) made the commitment to downtown," he said. "Like we said before, we hope it’s a catalyst for bringing people downtown."
The second floor is about 12,000 square feet of office space on the perimeter of the building. The center of the Post Office gives way to a ground-floor skylight instead of floor space.
Carter said the upstairs office space can be remodeled lightly between the old offices but the main hallways and bathrooms cannot be touched due to historic preservation rules in place.
Switch previously built the largest data center in the world outside of Reno in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center.
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"This move signals the company’s continued investment in the community and the brand of Northern Nevada," according to a news release from Switch about the move.
Switch and CEO Rob Roy’s initial entrance into downtown Reno included sponsorship and design of the Innevation Center in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015.
"The expansion into this iconic and historic building links the beauty of the building’s past with the current adaptive reuse of an amazing space, and connects it to our future vision for Nevada," said Switch Executive Vice President Kristi Overgaard in a news release. "This presents the perfect creative and innovative environment for Switch’s collaborative team. The best part will be designing our space in what we call an 'Art Techo' approach to respect the building’s architectural importance."
The Art Techo is in reference to the original Art-Deco architecture used in the design of the building in 1934.