Facebook has broken ground on its first data center in Arizona.
The mega social network is building a 960,000-square-foot facility in east Mesa’s Eastmark community for an estimated $800 million total investment.
Facebook’s new Mesa data center at 3841 S. Ellsworth Road will serve as an important part of the global infrastructure that brings the company’s apps and services to billions of people around the world. The project is expected to support about 1,500 construction jobs while the campus is built over the next couple of years, as well as approximately 100 full-time operational workers.
Located in the thriving Gateway Corridor with convenient to three major highways–Loop 101, Loop 202 and the US 60–and just minutes away from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Eastmark is the top-selling master-planned community in the East Valley and the second fastest-selling community in all of Arizona, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting.
Recognizing that water is a concern, Facebook has committed to restoring more water than the data center will consume into watersheds across Arizona, and has invested in three water restoration projects that together will restore over 200 million gallons of water per year to the Colorado River and Salt River basins.
The social media giant will also partner with the Salt River Project to bring 450 megawatts of new solar energy to the local electric grid, making the new data center completely supported by renewable energy.
Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook Mesa Data Center page.