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Center for Research & Development (CRD)

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The CRD has over 275,000 square feet of space located on 27 acres and provides state-of-the-art research facilities as well as access to world-class applied research centers and scientists.

The CRD houses WKU’s Applied Research Centers, the WKU Small Business Development Center, the Central Region ICC (Innovation and Commercialization Center), and  the WKU Small Business Accelerator, which is currently home to 17 technology-based businesses.

The CRC encourages and guides technology-based business start-ups and facilitates the growth of existing businesses to the next level. The facilities offer an ideal environment for bringing together scientists and engineers from private companies and from the university for research collaborations and commercialization of technology.

For more information about the Center for Research and Development or if you are interested in locating your business in the Small Business Accelerator please contact us.

Innoplexx Ribbon Cutting

 Innoplexx Ribbon Cutting

 Innoplexx, the WKU Student Business Accelerator, celebrated their grand opening of a 1200 square foot space in the Center for Research and Development on December 4, 2012.

Innoplexx gives students a place to work and network with others that are in the first phase of starting their business. The room provided was renovated to meet the needs of what students today expect out of their work space.

Lining the walls are four retro style desks turned in various directions to interact with others that may stop by to work. Two large white boards are on the walls so they can brainstorm, a ping-pong table doubles as a conference table, and a large sectional couch and ottoman face a large screen TV that students can plug their laptops into and work on the large screen.

Students that are clients of Innoplexx are given free space, high speed internet, and shared use of conference and meeting rooms.Also, students are mentored in all aspects of their business and introduced to appropriate contacts.


Lost River Data Center Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting at LRDC

A Joint Venture of WKU and BGMU

BGMU Fiber and Western Kentucky University have partnered to create the Lost River Data Center, located at WKU’s Center for Research and Development. The 1700 square feet of co-location space is now available to the business community. The data center has officially been named the Lost River Data Center (LRDC).

The LRDC is a Tier 2 facility offering businesses a secure site to locate servers and business critical data.

Lost River Data Center features include:
•  Redundant UPS System
•  2 Generators
• 2 Cooling Towers
• Waterless Fire Suppression
• 24 x 7 Access
• Remotely Monitored Security Cameras
• Redundant Fiber Connections
• Build Room
• Lockable Cabinets
     Full Cabinet – 42 Rack Units
     Half Cabinet – 20 Rack Units
     Quarter Cabinet – 9 Rack Units

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 Last Modified 9/24/14