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McCormick Place

Chicago is bidding to host the 2016 Olympics, and The International Olympic Committee recently toured McCormick Place. Barry believes the convention center is one of the differentiating factors for Chicago. "We have tremendous tried-and-proven electrical and technical infrastructure that can provide flexible and dynamic opportunities without requiring a build-out of a new Olympic facility. For example, they've asked about our ability to provide accommodations for all the broadcasters and media who may be staying for an extended period of time. Of the four major buildings at McCormick Place, they will need the entire south building for media and broadcasting, which is almost a million square feet.

"We have all the power they could possibly need and more. We have high-speed networking, about seven hundred miles of fiber within our buildings, and high-powered Cisco equipment in all our closets. They would augment that with their own equipment, of course, but we have topnotch infrastructure for them to start with, and we can get them up and running in a short period of time."

By Jody Gilbert

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.