Facebook to add 900,000 sqft to Prineville campus
Facebook’s data centre campus in Prineville, Oregon, is, in many ways, the blueprint for the modern data centre.
It was the social media giant’s first custom-built data centre. Built back in 2010, the nascent Open Compute Project - which was then a division of Facebook and is now one of the most influential groups working in the data centre design space - cut its teeth designing Prineville.
The facility, which currently spans more than 4.6mn square feet, is Facebook’s largest US data centre. And now, it’s going to get even bigger.
On Thursday, that it is embarking on an expansion project at the Prineville campus which will add 900,000 square feet of floor space spread across two new data centres, bringing the total number of facilities distributed across the site to 11, and representing a total investment of more than $2bn.
Digital renderings of the expanded Prineville campus - Courtesy of Facebook
"Facebook has been an important part of our community now for over ten years, and their continued growth here in Prineville is just a testament to the excellent relationship that we have together,” Prineville’s Mayor, Jason Beebe, commented this week.
“I'm excited for this new growth and their commitment to Prineville and Crook County and the support they have provided for our community, especially the schools.”
Beebe is referring to a new $60,000 grant Facebook is creating, which will funnel money directly into the Crook County School District’s K-12 robotics program. Oregon congressional representative, Vikki Breese-Iverson, praised the announcement, stating that “Facebook Data Center in Prineville has consistently provided grants to local projects and nonprofits for many years. They have shown what a partnership between a small community and large corporation can be in Rural Oregon. I applaud their efforts, especially in their support of our school district here in Crook County.”
The campus will continue to be supplied by 100% renewable energy, Facebook assured the public. The Prineville campus has been held up over the past decade as an industry model for sustainable data centre design. “Facebook’s data centers are among the most energy and water efficient data center facilities in the world. Our Prineville Data Center is supported by 100% renewable energy, including two solar projects located right here in Oregon. We also have two water restoration projects in Oregon that are helping overcome the increasing demand for water and support the local community,” said the company on Thursday.
The expansion is similar in size to the one recently announced at Facebook's Eagle Moutnain campus in Utah, which is also adding two data centres and 900,000 square feet of floor space.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.