- The Washington Times - Monday, January 28, 2002

DataCentersNow, a Rockville developer that builds extra-secure storage facilities, has changed its name, in part to reach clients with security concerns after September 11.
The company is now known as Fortress Development Co. A spokesman says the original name implied Fortress built only data centers, the facilities that house heavy technology equipment for telecommunications companies.
"The [original] name just didn't do the company justice. It was like looking at a Ferrari and a Chevy and saying that they're both cars," says Jason Britton, the company's marketing director.
With its new name, Fortress wants to show it can also build facilities for clients outside the telecommunications industry. The company also targets government agencies, defense contractors and other businesses that need extra-secure buildings, Mr. Britton says.
Fortress builds windowless facilities with concrete roofs and walls that are eight inches thick. The buildings can be used to house technology equipment, for storage or as emergency, backup offices, Mr. Britton says. The cost to build the facilities varies, depending on their size, he says.
Fortress isn't trying to capitalize on post-September 11 fears, Mr. Britton says. The company was considering the name change before the terrorist attacks, he says.
"It isn't just terrorism. Our facilities are designed to protect against any kind of natural disaster," Mr. Britton says.
So far, Fortress, a division of Beco Management, has built facilities in Northern Virginia and Chicago.
Last year, the company announced plans for [email protected], a $23 million, 425-acre campus of secure buildings near Washington Dulles International Airport.
Fortress will probably try to secure tenants before it begins construction on that project, Mr. Britton says.

Law office opens
Morgan Lewis, one of the nation's 10 largest law firms, has relocated to a new 14-floor, 305,000-square-foot office at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
The firm, previously based at 1800 M St. NW, announced the lease in 1996. Brokerage Julian J. Studley arranged the deal.
Morgan Lewis has about 700 lawyers and employees. The new space features a two-story conference center and a dining room with a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Washington Monument.

In other news
Realty Associates Fund V, a real estate investment group, has purchased the Computer Associates Building in Herndon for $44.2 million. The 227,235-square-foot building is located at 2291 Wood Oak Drive in the Woodland Park business campus. Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield arranged the sale.
New Boston Fund, a Boston real estate investment firm, has purchased a Vienna office building for $29.9 million. Another Boston company, Leggat McCall, sold the eight-story, 173,000-square-foot building at 1951 Kidwell Drive.
Novell has sold a 102,834-square-foot office building at 13755 Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon to TA/Western LLC for $16.8 million. Brokerage Cushman and Wakefield arranged the sale.

Property Lines is published every other Monday. Chris Baker can be reached at 202/636-3139 or [email protected]

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