July 07, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fortis Construction in joint venture with DPR Construction, two of the nation’s leading technical builders focused on highly complex and sustainable projects, today break ground on a new data center for Facebook in the AllianceTexas development in north Fort Worth.
The 500,000-square-foot facility will incorporate the latest in computing infrastructure design. The facility is expected to be online starting in late 2016.
“Our team is excited and proud that this relationship with Facebook now includes four data center campuses and more than two million square feet of construction,” said Executive Vice President David Aaroe of DPR Fortis. “This is an enjoyable effort for all who are involved, when we can deliver one of the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable data centers in the world while bringing new jobs and investment to the Fort Worth area.”
“We’re excited to be celebrating this significant project milestone and continuing to support Facebook in the development of the most efficient computing infrastructure possible,” said Andy Andres of DPR Fortis. “Our DPR Fortis team will build upon our previous experience to deliver a world-class mission critical facility.”
This Fort Worth project is the fourth Facebook data center campus built by the DPR Fortis Mission Critical team—a joint venture between DPR Construction and Fortis Construction. Previous projects include:
- Facebook’s first ground-up data center in Prineville, Oregon, which won “Project of the Year” and “Green Project of the Year” from Engineering News-Record in 2011
- Two 370,000-plus-square-foot facilities in Forest City, North Carolina, as well as ancillary buildings
- A 300,000-square-foot data center in Lulea, Sweden—Facebook’s first data center outside of the U.S.
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To visit Facebook's official Facebook Page for the Fort Worth Data Center, click here. For Mark Zuckerberg's post on the project, click here.
Below is the announcement posted by Facebook's Ken Patchett, Director of Data Center Operations, West Region:
We're thrilled to announce that we've started construction on our newest data center, right here in Fort Worth, Texas. Along with our Prineville, Forest City, Lulea, and Altoona data centers, Fort Worth will soon be one of the cornerstones of the global infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to you every day and is helping connect billions more people through Internet.org.
We put a lot of effort into choosing where to locate a facility like this. There are a lot of things we look for — everything from a shovel-ready site, to access to renewable energy, to great partnerships with the local community, to a strong pool of local talent for construction and long-term operations staff. We think we've found all that and more in Fort Worth, and we're excited to be getting started.
Our Fort Worth facility will be one of the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable data centers in the world. It will feature the latest in our Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — and it will be cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. (Yes, we can make that work even in the middle of the kinds of summers we have here in Texas.)
The Fort Worth data center will also be powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks to the 200 MW of new wind energy that we worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group to bring to the Texas grid. Construction on the project is already under way on a 17,000-acre site in Clay County, just 90 miles from the data center, and we expect it to begin delivering clean energy to the grid by 2016. 200 MW is more energy than we will need for the foreseeable future, and we're proud to have played a role in bringing this project to Texas.
The other thing we are proud to be able to bring to Texas are new jobs and investment. You can read more about the impact our data center investments have had so far in Oregon, North Carolina, and Sweden, but for us it goes beyond just economic impact. We are making our home here in Fort Worth, and we want to do what we can to help the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the state of Texas continue to thrive.
Thank you to those of you who have helped us get to this point. We are excited to be here!