Facebook Eyes Expansion Of Oregon Data Center

By David Cohen 

Facebook filed an application with the city of Prineville, Ore., to construct a new data center near the 334,000-square-foot facility it opened in April 2011 and the twin building it is erecting next door.

The Bulletin of Bend, Ore., reported that the proposed new data center is much smaller than its predecessors, at about 62,000 square feet, according to Facebook Spokesman Lee Weinstein, who added that there is no timeline for the project, telling The Bulletin:

Facebook decides when and if to build additional structures as business needs dictate. This building has always been on the drawing board.

The Bulletin reported that the proposed new data center would not create any full-time jobs in the region, as the new facility would be staffed by the 20 to 30 Facebook employees who man the company’s current facilities in Prineville.

According to The Bulletin, the social network’s application allows city and county officials to review the plans and respond with any building or infrastructure issues.

Facebook may not be done expanding in Prineville, as the city’s senior planner, Joshua Smith, told The Bulletin that the facility the social network just applied for is actually the fourth it has mentioned, not the third, adding:

They had plans to build another large building. They haven’t applied for it yet, but we assume they will. You never know what their plans are.

Weinstein countered that he would not discuss Facebook’s long-term plans in the area, adding that they are subject to market conditions and data-storage needs.