Facebook Data Center in Altoona, Iowa, Getting Third Building

Facebook’s data center in Altoona, Iowa, continued its rapid growth pace, as the social network announced that work will begin on a third building this summer.

Facebook’s data center in Altoona, Iowa, continued its rapid growth pace, as the social network announced that work will begin on a third building this summer.

Plans for the second building on the site were revealed last April, and the data center went online last November.

Site manager Brice Towns broke the news in a note on the Altoona Data Center page:

The new building in Altoona will be the first “third” building on any data-center site in our network. We are on track to start serving traffic in the second building later this year. Like the existing Altoona data-center campus, the third building will be powered by renewable energy from the Wellsburg wind farm, as tracked by renewable energy certificates. This wind farm adds 140 megawatts of new renewable energy to the grid and is enough to match our projected load.

We’ve built the Altoona data center to be efficient and sustainable. Like our other data centers, Altoona is cooled by 100 percent outside air and features the latest in efficient Open Compute Project gear. Altoona was the first data center to take advantage of our new networking fabric, helping us scale much more efficiently as more and more people connect on Facebook around the world.

Readers: What do you think of the rapid growth at Facebook’s Altoona facility?