Facebook has filed building permits to expand its massive data center in North Fort Worth.
The social media giant has invested $1 billion so far on its huge tech campus in the AllianceTexas development. It recently made filings with the state to add to the 150-acre complex on State Highway 170 in Tarrant County. And a Fort Worth building permit was filed on September 28 listing DPR Construction as the general contractor.
The buildings already total 2.5 million square feet.
Facebook opened the first phase of the project in 2017 and has quietly added to the data center since then. The new filings show more than 277,000 square feet of additional construction.
The big data center project currently employs more than 200 people.
“We are proud to invest $1 billion into Fort Worth, but even prouder to see how our investments spur further economic benefits for the area, especially during this tough economic climate,” Holli Davies, Facebook community development manager, said in a statement. “Our data center investments go beyond economic growth to benefit the local environment and community.”
Facebook currently operates eight U.S. data centers and has five more in development. From 2017 to 2019, it invested $11.5 billion in these projects.
The first data center opened in Oregon in 2011.
This year the company has announced more than 4.8 million square feet of new U.S. data center construction.
Facebook said that since 2017 it has increased its data center employment by 164% to more than 850 people.
In Fort Worth, construction of the data center at its peak employed an average of 1,200 construction workers daily.
To support its data centers, Facebook says in a new report that it has invested in 987 megawatts of wind and solar electric generation that came online between 2017 and 2019.
Facebook says its Fort Worth campus is 100% supported by wind energy.