How do you know the project?: Social media giant Facebook announced plans in October 2017 to build a $750 million data center in the White Oak Technology Park in eastern Henrico County, along with a $250 million investment to pay for new solar power facilities to offset the data center’s power use.
The first phase of the project, which is nearing completion, includes 1 million square feet of data center space.
The Facebook data center is expected to create up to 200 full-time jobs, along with thousands of construction jobs.
What is new?: As 2018 closes, Facebook is preparing to double-down on its investment in the Richmond region.
The company anticipates the first phase of its data center to start serving traffic in 2019, a spokeswoman said.
About 100 people were working at the site as of Dec. 27, the spokeswoman said. Those 100 people are “non-construction” workers and include both Facebook employees and contractors.
Job openings listed for the site include a data center capacity manager, production operations manager, critical facilities engineer and mechanical specialist.
Construction on a second phase is slated to begin early next year.
The company announced in September 2018 that it would spend an additional $750 million for another phase of the data center complex.
That expansion will include an additional 1.5 million square feet on 325 acres the company bought in 2017 from the Henrico County Economic Development Authority.