DEKALB, Ill. (WAND) - Facebook announced Tuesday it is building its newest worldwide data center in DeKalb, Illinois.
It is an investment of more than $800 million.
The Facebook DeKalb Data Center will be among the most advanced, energy- and water-efficient data center facilities in the world.
It is expected to support an estimated 100 operational jobs and hundreds of construction jobs.
“There are many variables that enter into the decision process for data center locations, and DeKalb provided many compelling reasons for Facebook to bring our newest data center to Illinois,” said Rachel Peterson, Vice President of Data Center Strategy for Facebook. “We’re so thankful to the City of DeKalb, the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and all of our community partners for their diligence and enthusiasm throughout this process. We are proud to join the DeKalb community and look forward to a strong relationship for years to come.”
“The State of Illinois is thrilled that Facebook has chosen to build a state-of-the-art data center that will advance our commitment to growing technology and renewable energy throughout Illinois,” said Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Michael Negron. “Under Governor Pritzker’s leadership, more companies continue to make Illinois a destination – based on the talent of our people, access to education and amenities, and our continued investments to modernize shared infrastructure. We thank Facebook for the vote of confidence in DeKalb and the State of Illinois, and for investments today that will create high-paying jobs for our communities tomorrow.”
The 907,000 square foot facility, the 12th Facebook data center in the U.S., will be supported by 100% renewable energy, will use 80% less water than the average data center.
Once completed, it will be LEED Gold certified.
“Today, we’re proud to celebrate that DeKalb will be Facebook’s newest home,” said Jerry Smith, Mayor of DeKalb. “It’s a boon to our community, and once online, this data center will be part of a network that connects people all over the world. We hope that the ripple effect of Facebook’s decision will be a catalyst for more companies to see all that DeKalb and this region have to offer.”
DeKalb was chosen as the site due to its access to renewable energy, a strong talent pool, higher education institutions, community partners and strong infrastructure.
Facebook is partnering with the City of DeKalb, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, and Krusinski Construction Company to help design, build and provide support for infrastructure in the area. This includes nearly three miles of water lines, one and a half miles of sewer extension and repaving local roads.
Hundreds of construction workers will work onsite for several years.
Facebook will be hiring for data center jobs including technicians, engineers, construction management, facility managers, logistics professionals, and security personnel.
Mortenson Construction was selected as the general contractor for the DeKalb Data Center.
The site will employ an estimated 1,200 construction and trades at the project’s peak.