Planned and Completed Data Center Projects 

[2021] Big Tech Data Center Construction Update

Which tech firms are building data centers?

Read on for more on the technology companies behind recent data center construction projects across the U.S. including states like Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, Texas, and Oregon.

Make no mistake: when you save something to the cloud, it isn’t just flying around in the sky. Instead, it resides in what are sometimes known as mission-critical data centers. In fact, data centers account for 1 percent of global electricity demand annually.

Some of the biggest companies in the world are throwing their resources behind building new data centers.  Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft need data centers to store all of their information, which they are amassing more of every day.

With that in mind, we’ve tracked down some of the biggest companies’ planned and completed data center projects from the past year. This list takes into account data center facilities in planning and also those completed within the past year, per a 10/5 query of BuildCentral’s ConstructionWire. The list is sorted by construction stage and ordered according to project value. 

Geospex screenshot of both planned and completed data center projects in 2021 from BuildCentral’s ConstructionWire

Planned Data Center Construction 

Apple Data Center 

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (400,000 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New 
Estimated Value:  $1300 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  Waukee, IA 50263. At the intersection of Hickman Road and South Avenue (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for the construction of a new, 400,000-square-foot data center. The three-building complex will be powered entirely with on-site renewable energy. 
Stage:  Planning (Active) 
Construction End:  N/A 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

 

Facebook Data Center Campus 

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (900,000 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New 
Estimated Value:  $750 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  Social Circle, GA 30025. near 100 Move Fast Way (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for construction of 900,000-square-foot data center. 
Stage:  Planning (Active) 
Construction End:  N/A 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

 

Google Data Center 

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (100,000-249,999 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New 
Estimated Value:  $600 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  Red Oak, TX 75154. E Ovilla Rd and N Central Blvd (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for the construction of a Google data center on a 166-acre property. 
Stage:  Planning (Active) 
Construction End:  N/A 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

Microsoft East US 3 Data Center 

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (100,000-249,999 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New 
Estimated Value:  $200 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  Douglasville, GA 30122 (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for new construction of a Microsoft cloud data center. 
Stage:  Planning (Active) 
Construction End:  N/A 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

 

Completed Data Center Construction 

Google Data Center, Phase I 

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (281,792 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New 
Estimated Value:  $5-$25 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  Papillion, NE 68138. At the northwest corner of Schram Road and State Highway 50, just west of Omaha National Cemetery (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for the construction of a two-story, 281,792 square-foot data center for Google as the first phase of a 2.5 million square foot, multi-building data center complex on a 275-acre site. 
Stage:  Completed 
Construction Start:  Q3/2019 
Construction End:  Q2/2021 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

Microsoft Chevron Build-Out Phase II 

Microsoft Chevron Data Center (Stream Data Centers)

Project Type/Size:  Data Centers (104,837 sq-ft) 
Construction Type:  New, Renovation 
Estimated Value:  $28 million 
Sector:  Private 
Location:  San Antonio, TX 78251. 5200 Rogers Rd (View Map) 
Details:  Plans call for two additional data centers on the property totaling 104,837 square feet. This will include a full build-out and one new shell building, plus a metal building connector corridor as well as an equipment service yard. 
Stage:  Completed 
Construction Start:  Q1/2020 
Construction End:  8/2021 
Bid Due Date:  N/A 

Adobe Data Hall Three Interior Expansion TI

Rendering of Adobe Data Center (Baxtel)

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (10,000-24,999 sq-ft)
Construction Type: Addition/Expansion, Renovation
Estimated Value: $11 million
Sector: Private
Location: HillsboroOR 97124. 4450 NE Dawson Creek Dr (View Map)
Details: Plans call for data center interior expansion within the existing facility. Scope of works includes interior finishes, new doors, new suspended ceiling with lighting, new racks, containment, and associated electrical and mechanical infrastructure.
Stage: Completed
Construction Start: Q3/2020
Construction End: 12/2020
Bid Due Date: N/A

FAQS

What is a data center?

A data center is a storage facility for cloud-based information. Large companies with expansive client bases like Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft often use them to house their consumers' data.

Where are data centers?

Unlike brick-and-mortar institutions, data centers don't rely on foot traffic to fulfill their purposes. As such, they aren't typically located in urban areas and instead are usually built in more rural, unpopulated, and low-traffic areas.

User information isn’t going anywhere, which means companies that are constantly accruing large amounts of their consumers’ data continually need to find new places to house it in a cost-efficient manner.

Remember, though, that as more data centers sprout up, the amount of real estate available for new data centers shrinks. There’s a finite amount of room for these facilities, and there’s a finite amount of energy to spend on them, but for now, these companies are moving forward with their plans, often touting renewable energy-fed projects in the process.

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