Facebook Plans Third Data Center

Facebook Inc. has filed plans for a third data center in the central Oregon city Prineville, but it won’t bring additional jobs. The social network company has a 334,000-square-foot facility up and running in Prineville and a twin under construction next door. The third facility would be smaller, about 62,000 square feet.

The application gives city and county officials a chance to review the plans, said company spokesman Lee Weinstein.

Facebook decides when and if to build additional structures as business needs dictate,” Weinstein said. “This building has always been on the drawing board.”

Facebook and other tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Dell and Yahoo have been part of a data center boom in central Oregon and along the Columbia River, where electricity is relatively cheap. A moderate climate and tax breaks are also attractions.

In Prineville, in Crook County, local leaders expect more developments. Facebook has discussed another large building, said Joshua Smith, th


e city’s senior planner.

“They haven’t applied for it yet, but we assume they will,” Smi

th said. “You never know what their plans are.”

The Prineville developments have attracted Cupertino Electric Inc., of San Jose, Calif. The company specializes in solar installations and data centers and said it has opened a Prineville office “looking to capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and future clients who have decided to build projects in the area.”
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