Facebook’s Prineville Data Center Getting Third Building

Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Ore., will get a third building soon.

Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Ore., will get a third building soon.

The social network announced in a post on its Prineville Data Center page that it will invest more than $200 million on the expansion in Prineville, adding that the facility currently has 147 employees, with 85 percent of those living in Crook County.

Facebook announced in July that its next data center would be located in Fort Worth, Texas, following its June announcement of a third building at its data center in Altoona, Iowa.

Director of data center operations, West region Ken Patchett said in the post:

Five years ago, Facebook broke ground on its first wholly owned data center in Prineville. We’re proud to be a part of this wonderful Crook County community, and to have built one of the most energy efficient and sustainable data centers in the world here. It has served as a prototype for our four subsequent data centers in Forest City, N.C.; Luleå, Sweden; Altoona, Iowa; and, soon, Fort Worth, Texas.

Building 3 will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs—including Yosemite, Wedge and 6-pack—and, like our other buildings, it will be cooled using our cool central Oregon high desert air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners.

Patchett also mentioned that the Prineville data center is hiring.

Readers: What do you think of Facebook’s planned expansion in Prineville?

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