As the Gallatin Data Center expansion and construction continues two years since breaking ground on the 1 million-square-foot campus, Facebook’s total investment nearly reaches the $1 billion mark.
Constructed in a Gallatin industrial park, the facility sits on more than 900 acres and marks the 13th Facebook data center in the U.S.
Two new buildings, reaching nearly 2 million square feet, were announced as part of Meta’s recent Gallatin Data Center expansion, including a cold storage building that will efficiently store older, less popular memories and photos.
“The last couple of years at the Meta Gallatin Data Center have been extremely busy and fruitful,” Facebook spokeswoman Melanie Roe said.
“Two years after we have broken ground, we have completed our onsite warehouse, completed our onsite electrical substation and are preparing for our first round of turnovers in the main building for phase one,” she said, meaning the space goes from being under construction to under Meta control.
Skilled trade workers have increased on site at peak to 1,700 due to the expansion, exceeding previous peak totals of 1,200 skilled trade workers.
Sometime mid-fall, Meta will take occupancy of the two-story administrative building along with the power and water distribution portions within building one, Roe said.
“In addition to the upcoming milestones on phase one, phase two has broken ground and we are nearly complete with the underground utilities, well underway with foundations and are preparing to begin steel erection,” she said.
Representing a nearly $1 billion investment, the data center – anticipated to launch online beginning summer 2023 – will support over 100 jobs.
Looking forward to strengthening local partnerships, Gallatin Data Center thanked its community partners’ support in a Facebook post amid news of the expansion.
“Gallatin has been a great home for our data center, and we are excited to be expanding,” Gallatin Data Center said in a Facebook post.
“With its excellent access to infrastructure, strong pool of talent for both construction and operations staff, access to new renewable energy resources, and great community partners, the Meta Gallatin Data Center is already a success.”
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