Facebook to build $800m data centre in Tennessee, US

WCN Editorial Team 13 Aug 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Social media giant Facebook is set to construct a new data centre facility in Gallatin, Tennessee that will entail an investment of $800m.

The 982,000ft² facility, dubbed as the Facebook Gallatin Data Center, is claimed to be one of the most advanced, energy- and water-efficient data centre facilities in the world.

It will be fully-powered by renewable energy and use 80% less water than the average. The facility is set to achieve LEED Gold certification when completed.

To support its operations in Tennessee Valley, the US-based technology firm has collaborated with the Tennessee Valley Authority to add 220MW of new solar power in the region.

Facebook data centre strategy vice-president Rachel Peterson said: "We chose Gallatin because of its terrific infrastructure, talented workforce, and the spirit of partnership the community offered.

"This technology is actually what makes Facebook work, allowing people around the world to connect to each other. We are thrilled to be joining the Gallatin community."

The new facility will be the company's 13th data centre in the US and 17th across the world.

Construction on the Facebook Gallatin Data Center has commenced. The project will create will more than 1,100 jobs during the peak construction period and support nearly 100 jobs in the region.

Once operational, the new facility will support several job types such as technicians, electricians, logistics staff and security personnel.

Facebook’s new facility will join other major companies located in the Gallatin Industrial Park, including Beretta USA, Gap and SERVPRO.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said: "It is a testament to the quality of our business environment and the competitive spirit of our state that in this economy we are able to attract one of the world’s largest companies to our state.

"We welcome Facebook to Tennessee, and we are excited about the investment, quality jobs and economic opportunity they will bring to Gallatin."


The data centre facility is set to achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion. (Credit: TNECD)

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