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Facebook Catapults $1.5 Billion Data Center Into Iowa

• Cade Metz via

Facebook is building a 1.4-million-square-foot data center on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, according to a local report.

With a price tag estimated at $1.5 billion, the massive facility would join the data centers Facebook has already built in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina, as well as a third under construction in Luleå, Sweden.

Facebook is among the many web giants that are now building their computing facilities in an effort to reduce the power and the money needed to operate online services used by hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but The Des Moines Register reports that the social networking giant is the previously unnamed company behind the planned facility, dubbed Project Catapult. The paper cited Iowa “legislative sources” who said the facility would be “the most technologically advanced data center in the world.”

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