Facebook to double new Iowa facility

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As the first building nears completion, Facebook announced they will build a second building at their new data center in Altoona, Iowa.

Hundreds of people, mostly from Iowa, have worked on the facility since it was announced in April 2013. The 476,000-square-foot facility was scheduled to open in 2014.

Now there are plans for a second building that will double the Altoona campus.

“Today we’re pleased to announce that we will soon begin construction on a second data center building on the Facebook Altoona campus,” said an April 28, 2014 post from Facebook about the project.

The second building was planned to be about the same size as the first.

The entire campus is supposed to be powered by wind energy.

“The City of Altoona Planning and Zoning Board will review our plans tomorrow evening, April 29,” the post said. “From there, they’ll go before the Altoona City Council on May 5. Pending the Council’s approval, we’ll break ground on the new building shortly.”

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