Planned and Completed Data Center Projects 

[2024] Big Tech Data Center Construction Update

Which Big Tech firms are building data centers?

Read on for more about the technology companies behind recent data center construction projects across the U.S. including states like Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana, and Missouri.

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.

As you’ll see, many Big Tech data center projects we’re tracking are located in or around the Midwest. This is due to lower taxes and cheaper building and maintenance costs in these areas.

Read more: How Planned Construction Data Shapes Big Tech Data Center Construction

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. This list includes planned and current data center projects, as well also those completed within the past year, per a 4/11/2024 query of BuildCentral’s ConstructionWire.

BuildCentral's data on planned data centers in the US

We’re tracking over $59 billion in planned and under construction data center projects in the US.

Planned Data Center Construction 

Amazon Data Center

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (1,700,000 sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: >$100 million
Sector: Private
Location: Loudoun, VA 20152. 25020 Willard Rd
Details: Plans call for the construction of a 1,700,000-square-foot Amazon data center.
Stage: Planning

Meta Data Center

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (700,000 sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: $800 million
Sector: Private
Location: JeffersonvilleIN 47130. 300 Corporate Dr
Details: Plans call for the construction of a 700,000-square-foot data center building.
Stage: Starts in 1-3 months
Construction Start: 5/2024
Construction End: Q1/2026

Google Data Center – Project Mica

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (250,000+ sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: > $100 million
Sector: Private
Location: Kansas CityMO 64165. NE I-435 and US Hwy 169
Details: Plans call for the construction of a Google data center multi-phase development on 500 +/- acres.
Stage: Starts in 4-12 months
Construction Start: 2/2025
Construction End: Q1/2035

Meta Platforms Inc Data Center

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (250,000+ sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: $700 million
Sector: Private
Location: RosemountMN 55068. Along the northern edge of UMore Park, near Dakota County Technical College
Details: Plans call for the construction of a data center for Meta.
Stage: Planning
Construction Start: N/A
Construction End: N/A

Completed Data Center Construction 

Amazon Data Center

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (250,000+ sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: $87 million
Sector: Private
Location: PortageIN 46368. Daniel Burnham Dr S of Ameriplex Dr
Details: Plans call for the construction of a new data center for Amazon.
Stage: Completed (past 6 months)
Construction Start: 6/2023
Construction End: 1/2024

Facebook Data Center PCI 3-4

Project Type/Size: Data Centers (668,128 sq-ft)
Construction Type: New
Estimated Value: >$100 million
Sector: Private
Location: AltoonaIA 50009. NE 62nd Ave and NE 56th St
Details: Plans call for a 668,128-square-foot data center.
Stage: Completed (past 6 months)
Construction Start: 12/2022
Construction End: Q1/2024

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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