Facebook Will Double Size of Oregon Data Center

A look at the progress of construction on the new Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Facebook said today that it will double the size of its first company-built data center in Prineville, Oregon, which is currently under construction. The expansion will add another 160,000 square foot shell to the 147,000 square foot facility now being built, for a total of 307,000 square feet of space.

Facebook’s decision to commit to an expansion before it has even completed the first phase of the facility reflects the accelerated pace of pace of infrastructure growth for the social network, which recently reached 500 million active users.

“We are making excellent progress on the first phase of our Prineville Data Center and we are hoping to finish construction of that phase in the first quarter of 2011,” said Tom Furlong, Director of Site Operations for Facebook. “To meet the needs of our growing business, we have decided to go ahead with the second phase of the project, which was an option we put in place when we broke ground earlier this year. The second phase should be finished by early 2012.”

The expansion is good news for the Prineville community, as the expansion will extend construction activity at the Facebook site, which has employed between 50 to 200 workers on site on a daily basis. The Prineville Data Center will create 35 permanent jobs.

“We couldn’t be happier with our choice of location. The Prineville and Central Oregon communities have been excellent partners,” said Ken Patchett, Facebook’s Data Center Manager.

When it announced the Prineville project in January, Facebook left open the possibility that it will build additional space. “Additional construction phases may be possible in the future, depending on business needs,” the company said.

Facebook says the 147,000 square foot Prineville data center will be designed to LEED Gold standards and is expected to have a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.15. The expansion was announced on the Facebook page for the Prineville Data Center.

Here’s a look at some of our past coverage of the growth of Facebook’s infrastructure:

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About the Author

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. Thisis not to shaby

  2. Facebook’s announcement earlier this year to build the Prineville data center and power it with coal from the Oregon energy mix was met quickly with a call from nearly half a million of its users who told the company to dump dirty fossil fuels and instead choose clean sources of energy for its electricity needs. It's rumored that Facebook has adopted a new energy policy in response to this pressure, but the announcement to double the Prineville facility shows that this policy does not have any teeth. IT industry leaders like Facebook have detailed the significant financial and reputation risk companies face from building its network on coal-fired electricity, the country’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Given that Facebook, along with cloud-based computing as a whole, is projected to quadruple in size over the next ten years, it's critical, both for the environment and the financial viability of the industry, that Facebook and other major cloud based companies such as Google and Microsoft build a green cloud, not a brown one that increases demand for coal. We've written a blog post about the issue here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/Cool-IT/facebook-accepts-king-coals-friend-request-ag/blog/22905