Mahendra Vora has a knack for making things happen.

The entrepreneur behind 12 companies in both the United States and India "” including Over-the-Rhine's Intelliseek "” recently took on a challenge even he thinks is a little outrageous. He bought the former Champion Paper headquarters in Hamilton and is turning it into a state-of-the-art technology park.

After sitting empty since 2001, the 366,000-square-foot building seemed like it might never get another tenant, according to Hamilton officials. Now, rededicated in March as Vora Technology Park, they couldn't be happier. "This puts us back where we were and maybe even ahead of the game," observes Kenny Craig, president and CEO of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Craig says he shares Vora's vision of 30 to 40 companies and 500 employees working at the site within five years.

Vora saw possibilities when he toured the building last year and wrote a check on the spot. Butler County's fiberoptic network and location between Cincin-nati and Dayton sold him.

Vora partnered with Tim Matthews, a lawyer with Keating, Muething & Klekamp; the duo paid $6 million cash for the building.

What Vora saw that amazed him "” and awes visitors to the complex "” is the center's high-tech and luxurious touches, like marble floors, jogging trails, sweeping views of the Great Miami River. The real kickers are fiberoptic cable running throughout the building and a 10,000-square-foot data back-up center, completed in 1996 at a cost of more than $2 million.

"After 9/11 [data back-up] has become a major issue," Vora notes, adding the center will likely be the first moneymaker for the project.

Vora says there is no comparable facility anywhere in the region. Discreet and undetectable from the outside, the data inside is protected by walls and roofs (there are three) able to withstand tornado-force winds "” even the glass is bulletproof. It also has a fire detection system so sensitive it can detect to within a few feet where a fire might be starting, notify responsible personnel electronically and then, if a fire does start, spray non-liquid flame extinguishing material that will not ruin the data on the equipment. Power is supplied by the Hamilton power grid, with an automatic back up that switches to the Cincinnati power grid if there is ever a failure. If Cincinnati cannot supply power, a room full of 300-pound batteries has enough juice to keep the center operating for three hours.

According to Wayne Lunsford, who worked at the facility for 29 years when it was owned by Champion, merely striking a match "” without it lighting "” triggers an alarm. He was the project manager for Champion when the center was built and has now been hired by Vora to help manage the tech park. In its entire operation there was never even a second of down time, Lunsford says. He anticipates there never will be.

Vora couldn't be happier giving tours and talking about the long days ahead.

"I love it," he says. "This is not a project, this is not a job. This is what I think life should be."