Facebook will invest $800 million to build a new state-of-the-art data center in Gallatin, Tenn. Once operational, the project is estimated to support 100 jobs, including technical operations, electricians, logistics staff and security.
Construction has just begun on the 982,000-square-foot facility, which will be one of the most advanced, energy- and water- efficient data center facilities in the world. Plans call for it to be supported by 100 percent renewable energy, using 80 percent less water than the average, and to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified.
The announcement is the culmination of a three-year recruitment effort.
Rachel Peterson, Facebook’s VP of Data Center Strategy 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.”
Facebook will join several other large brand names located in the Gallatin Industrial Park, including Beretta USA, Gap and SERVPRO.