All Quiet at Google's Oklahoma Data Center


Part of the equipment yard for the Google data center under construction in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Amazon isn’t the only cloud builder that has idled a data center project, as the recession has led Google to scale back its capital investments in data center infrastructure. The most visible sign of this is the postponement of the company’s planned  data center project in Pryor, Oklahoma. The $600 million facility was scheduled to be completed in early 2009, but last fall the company said it would be delayed and may come online sometime in 2010.

A reader recently drove by the Google site at the Mid-American Industrial Park in Pryor and took some photos of the site. There’s no construction activity at present, and the site appears unchanged from the date of the stoppage. At that time, Google had already done some work on the existing structure that will serve as the first data center at the location, where Google owns 800 acres of land for future expansion.

The company isn’t discussing timetables for the completion for the facility. “We don’t have any further updates about our Pryor, Oklahoma location,” a spokesperson said this month.

Google announced the Oklahoma data center project in May 2007. The facility will eventually employ 100 workers with an average salary of $48,000. The Pryor project was the third of four data center construction projects Google announced in the first half of 2007.

Here are some additional views of the Oklahoma site from this summer:



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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. A. Meyer

    I work for a chiller manufacturer in the same industrial park as Google, and it has definitely been interesting to see this large project put on hold. All of Pryor is looking forward to the day that this project can get back underway and get those salary positions going again.

  2. david

    I worked there until December as a technician was layed off would love to go back it was an awesome place to work i would hope that that thye do open back up I would love to work for Google again I will be first in line to apply when it opens back up probably along with the other guys that I work with we were a family and we loved are jobs