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Dan Gilbert, Linglong He and Bill Emerson reveal QL Tech CenterThe Quicken Loans Technology Center, a 66,000-square-foot data center and office complex, was revealed June 30 at a grand opening ceremony that brought together media, government officials and business leaders in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.

Located at 1401 Rosa Parks Blvd, the Corktown complex features two 10,000-square-foot server rooms, plus additional space for training and office support.

Quicken Loans founder and chairman, Dan Gilbert, along with CEO Bill Emerson, CIO Linglong He, and dozens of technology team members, welcomed groups to tour the facility which will secure data for the nation’s largest online lender.

“The Quicken Loans Technology Center is another building block in Detroit’s tech-driven comeback,” said Linglong He. “The facility is a testament to the investment and innovation Quicken Loans puts into everything we do and provides us the resources we need to continue to grow well in to the future.”

Each detail was engineered, designed or selected by the Quicken Loans technology team and created by Detroit-based design firm, dPop. Aside from the blue and red LED illuminated server rooms, some interesting components include a wall crafted from old skateboards, a QL logo made from toy action figures, and a pool table made from a classic car.

LED illuminated servers at QL Tech CenterWhile those fun touches make the atmosphere interesting for team members, the facility itself uses the latest technology to optimize server performance and security, including:

  • Uninterrupted power supply units featuring the first deployment of the 750kva units in the country and backed up by 2.5 megawatt generators.
  • No water is used to cool the facility. Instead, indirect air conditioning units employ large heat wheels to cool the servers without bringing outside air into the room.
  • Biometric readers, facial scanners and a snow melt system is set up in the rear utility yard.

Pretty cool, eh? We think so. After recently being recognized as Computerworld Magazine’s ‘100 Best Places to Work in IT’ for 2015, our technology team is on “cloud” nine.

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