Facebook to build 907,000 sqf data centre campus in Illinois

Facebook's Dekalb data centre

Due to COVID-19 limitations, the company announced the groundbreaking with a video featuring Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Smith, and some familiar DeKalb landmarks.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has announced it will be building its newest data centre in DeKalb, Illinois.

The social media giants said that the DeKalb data centre will be among the most advanced, energy- and water-efficient data centre facilities in the world, and is set to deliver an estimated 100 operational jobs and hundreds of construction jobs.

The 907,000 sqf facility is the 12th Facebook data centre in the US and will be supported by 100% renewable energy, will use 80% less water than the average data centre, and, once completed, will be LEED Gold certified.

Facebook is partnering with the City of DeKalb, Illinois, 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, according to the company.

“There are many variables that enter into the decision process for data centre locations, and DeKalb provided many compelling reasons for Facebook to bring our newest data centre to Illinois,” said Rachel Peterson, Vice President of Data Centre 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.”

Hundreds of construction workers will work onsite for several years, the company revealed and will be hiring for data centre jobs including technicians, engineers, construction management, facility managers, logistics professionals, and security personnel.

“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 centre 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.”

Mortenson Construction was selected as the general contractor for the DeKalb data centre. The site will employ an estimated 1,200 construction and trades at the project’s peak.

“We are very excited to welcome Facebook to ChicagoWest Business Centre in DeKalb, Illinois after having collaborated closely with Facebook’s project team in this complex process,” said Krusinski Construction Company CEO, Jerry Krusinski. 

“Krusinski Construction Company is looking forward to building the utility infrastructure and road work improvements necessary to facilitate this project and Facebook’s future growth at ChicagoWest Business Centre.”