Apple Starts Work on Oregon Data Center

Published on April 23, 2012
by John Paczkowski

Apple has broken ground on its next big data center, this one in the Pacific Northwest.

A sister site to the company’s massive data center in Maiden, N.C., this facility will be significantly smaller — at least initially. Currently, Apple is building a 10,000 square-foot data center on the 160 acres it recently purchased in Prineville, Ore. But that’s clearly just the beginning.

As part of its deal with Prineville and Crook County, Apple was granted a 15-year property-tax break. In return, it is to invest $250 million in the data center, and hire at least 35 employees to run it.

“We’re looking forward to joining the community of Prineville with our new data center,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD. “In addition to the hundreds of employees at our retail stores, we will be hiring dozens of people and bringing hundreds of construction jobs to the area.”

Once finished, the Prineville facility is expected to be even more environmentally friendly than the one in Maiden, running on 100 percent renewable energy.

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