The Facebook data center in Eagle Mountain has a status update: it is set to be expanded by 900,000 square feet with two new buildings.
“Since we first broke ground in 2018, we have continued to build and expand on this site, and we anticipate keeping construction crews busy for years to come, with approximately 1,500 workers on site at peak,” according to a Facebook press release.
Approximately 4 million work hours have gone into construction with over 12,000 tons of steel and 100,000 cubic yards of concrete being used on site thus far.
Facebook also has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the construction, bringing more solar energy to Utah and investing in a project to restore water to the Provo River. The building will be run by 100% solar energy once completed.
“Facebook’s sustainable expansion in Eagle Mountain shows the long-term commitment this global tech leader has to Utah,” Gov. Spencer Cox said. “Since 2018, this data center has been a tremendous boon to the local economy, and we’re extremely grateful for Facebook’s ongoing investment in our state.”
Eagle Mountain Mayor Tom Westmoreland said the relationships with Facebook has changed the city for the better.
According to Westmoreland, Facebook is helping to elevate the community and bring the attention the city has been needing to what some people consider to be in the middle of nowhere.
“This whole relationship with Facebook has really been an important one for Eagle Mountain because they were really our first significant industrial entity,” Westmoreland said. “Just by putting their brand with ours, they have helped to move us to a place we have been trying to get to for years.”
Since the city does not have an interstate running through it, similar to other cities to the east, there is no commuter traffic. This restricts business growth and expansion into the city.
That is changing, however, as the city continues to expand into the industrial market with not only the Facebook data center, but also the Tyson Foods plant. Westmoreland said these daytime jobs for construction workers bring people to Eagle Mountain, boosting the economy and helping to keep local businesses open, even thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are getting more grocery stores, we are getting more restaurants, we are getting more service industries simply because a company like Facebook is building a data center and expanding a data center,” Westmoreland said.
The expansion and construction is also good for the future of the city with the hope that more people will make their way into Eagle Mountain, whether it be for a job or for a home.
Facebook has been a key player in helping the city of Eagle Mountain kick off its economic plan.
The data center is also putting money back into the local economy by using local contractors, supplier and workers.
“We are committed to hiring locally and working with our local partners to construct, operate, supply, and maintain each of our data centers,” said Williams Marks, Facebook’s community development regional manager. “Facebook’s data center operations generate multiplier spending effects, which benefit workers and business owners in other sectors of the local and state economies. From 2017-2019, Facebook’s data centers contributed a cumulative $18.6 billion in gross domestic product to the U.S. economy.”
Marks said Facebook has a home in Eagle Mountain and the company is committed to playing a positive role in the community. Facebook even gave over $1 million in COVID-19 relief funding for local schools, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
The data center is also expected to bring 200 jobs to Eagle Mountain once completed.
“Eagle Mountain has been a terrific location for our data center,” Marks said. “It has excellent access to infrastructure and renewable energy. It has a talented local workforce for both operations and construction, and we’ve been fortunate to build great partnerships with community leaders like the Alpine School District and the Eagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce.”