Facebook Expanding Huge Sarpy County Data Center Campus Again

March 24, 2021, 2:52 p.m. ·

Artist rendering of Facebook data center expansion in Sarpy County. (Photo illustation courtesy of Facebook)

Facebook says it’s expanding its data center campus in Sarpy County near Omaha by about 1-million square feet, a project that will add 100 full-time jobs to the area. When the latest expansion is complete in 2024, the campus will feature eight buildings and 3.6 million square feet of space. The data centers are critical to the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms.

Crane at Facebook date center expansion site in Sarpy County. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

“There are actually over three billion people who rely on these services every single month,” Facebook’s Matt Sexton said. “Millions of small businesses connect with customers and it’s through data centers like these that we can provide a safe, secure and reliable way for folks to communicate all across the world.”

Sexton said Sarpy County provides solid infrastructure and an adequate workforce to fill several thousand construction jobs. He said Facebook’s investment in eastern Nebraska has turned into a good partnership.

“These really are huge economic drivers and great projects to have in your city, county and your state,” Sexton said. “For us to be in a position to expand to eight buildings after an initial two building announcement four years ago is just such an incredible thing to be a part of.”

He said a windfarm will provide the campus with completely renewable energy. When complete, Facebook will have spent around $1.5 billion on the data center campus. The campus will eventually employ around 300 full-time workers. The latest expansion includes around 500 acres of land.