Facebook data center under construction in Fort Worth, Texas (Photo: Facebook)

Report: Facebook Plans Another Huge Expansion at Texas Data Center Campus

Just as the racks for the first building arrived at the new Facebook data center in Fort Worth in November 2016, the company announced additions to the $1 billion facility that would triple its size.

Well, Mark Zuckerberg and company are at it again. Just days before the social media giant was set to unveil the completed data center to officials and the public, Facebook filed paperwork to spend another $267 million on a 500,000-square foot addition to the campus, reported the Dallas Business Journal. A building permit was filed with the city on April 26.

The Menlo Park, California-based company outlined preliminary plans for the second phase, which include 25,406 square feet of office space, a conferencing center and break room, a multipurpose room, space for mechanical equipment and a 219,989-square foot data hall.

Once completed the campus will span five buildings totaling 2.5 million square feet of data center space on about 150 acres in Fort Worth—the largest such project under construction in North Texas. That’s a far cry from July 2015 when Facebook broke ground on what was then a three-building plan that would total 750,000 square feet.

The data center is built on land purchased from a real estate company run by the eldest son of former presidential candidate Ross Perot (you may remember Perot as the most successful third-party presidential candidate since Theodore Roosevelt). Site will use power from a large wind farm  on 17,000 acres of land in Clay County, about 90 miles away.

According to Facebook, the second phase should be completed by the end of 2017.

See also: Everything You Wanted to Know About Facebook Data Centers

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About the Author

Technology writer and editor Karen Riccio spent 15 years as managing editor for Data Center Management magazine, published by AFCOM – a leading industry association whose mission is to advance the professional development of individuals in the field of data center and facilities management. She is currently content editor for AFCOM.com as well as its weekly newsletter. Karen also oversees the Industry Perspectives section of Data Center Knowledge. She can be reached at karen.riccio@penton.com.

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