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SubTropolis an Underground Business Complex

Earlier this week I found out about this huge underground business complex located in Kansas City, Missouri called SubTropolis . A former limestone mine that has been transformed in what they call "The World's Largest Underground Business Complex" . A very interesting idea, although not new since SubTropolis has been open for business since 1964, according to a report from Bloomberg Business.

The complex houses more than 50 companies (The US Postal Service is one of them) and close to 1,000 people work there. Because of its large available area (more than 5,000,000 square feet) the complex is used mainly for Warehousing and Light Assemby operations, and thanks to its constant temperature (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees celsius year-round) and controllable humidity it is also used for Storage of Records (The US National Archive keeps some Federal records here), Wine & Spirits storage and even to house a Cloud Services Data Center (Which is not exactly the location you would picture when you think about the Cloud )

The main attractive for these companies and entities is that the lease cost is a lot less than the standard on the ground space (About half the price per square foot). So if you live in the Kansas City area and are looking for office space you might want to consider this complex or at least go visit sometime, it should be interesting.

I would pass since I could not help feeling claustrophobic. Would you consider working at this complex?

If you would like to learn more, you can visit this Bloomberg Business Report or the actual Subtropolis Website

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AliCanary wrote on March 13, 2015, 8:03 AM

This wouldn't bother me, but I would probably want to take breaks above ground so that I could get some natural light. I like underground stuff, though, like the Concourse in Philadelphia and the Atlanta Underground. It's like a secret world! And of course, the environmentalist in me loves that they re-purposed the old mine rather than building new, and that the consistent temperature saves on climate control.

CoralLevang wrote on March 13, 2015, 9:10 AM

I agree with AliCanary re: the repurposing, but also that I would have to be able to break more often for fresh air and natural light.

scheng1 wrote on March 13, 2015, 10:08 AM

I will like to work in such place. It will be out of sun and rain.

nbaquero wrote on March 13, 2015, 1:22 PM

AliCanary I like Atlanta Underground too, never been to Philadelphia so will to add the Concourse to my to do list. I agree the environmental aspect is important as well, especially if you think that came up with this idea this almost 50 years ago.

nbaquero wrote on March 13, 2015, 1:45 PM

Yes absolutely CoralLevang I need to go see the natural daylight often too.

nbaquero wrote on March 13, 2015, 1:46 PM

scheng1 That is true, but I still need to see the dayligth.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on March 13, 2015, 9:11 PM

I hope that security and safety are tightly ensured under there. I think I'm claustrophobic.

AliCanary wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:16 AM

Yeah--we're solar-powered people! emoticon :smile:

nbaquero wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:41 AM

AsADrivenLeaf it must be otherwise the USPS and National Records wouldn't be there.

nbaquero wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:42 AM

AliCanary and you would agree that sunlight also improves our mood .

shaggin83 wrote on March 15, 2015, 9:11 PM

Wow I have never heard of anything like this and am really impressed. What a cool way to utilize space. A very cool way as well to use something that originally was used for something else. Sounds like a great idea to me.

nbaquero wrote on March 16, 2015, 11:15 AM

shaggin83 Would you like to work on a place like this?