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April 15, 2024

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, tees up another data center in Gallatin

By Adam Sichko – Senior Reporter, Nashville Business Journal

Meta's existing data centers are the "H" shape and the backward-four shape. Its expansion will go in the green open space shown, marked "Future 5-6 Build." GALLATIN MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION

One of the world's 20 largest public companies is pushing its investment well beyond $1 billion in its data center site northeast of Nashville.

Meta Platforms Inc. (Nasdaq: META), formerly known as Facebook, is seeking approval from the city of Gallatin to build another data center on its 800-acre site — where 1.6 million square feet of data centers already are operational or under construction.

The Business Journal obtained the newly filed project plans in a records request. Meta filed its plans by a deadline that places it on track for a vote at the May 20 meeting of the Gallatin Municipal Planning Commission.

This June 2022 rendering depicts Facebook's first pair of data centers ("H"-shaped building at right) and an ongoing expansion (foreground). META PLATFORMS INC.

The construction will push Meta's investment in Gallatin well beyond the $1 billion mark since the company arrived in 2020. The data centers will support some of the company's 3.98 billion active monthly users across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Meta is valued at more than $1.3 trillion on the stock market.

Meta's first set of Gallatin data centers are the legs of a building shaped like a capital H. Another second set of connected data centers, arranged like a backward four, are under construction on a road named Meta Loop.

Hundreds of construction workers are on site daily, and Meta will employ about 100 people full-time at the Gallatin site once the second pair of buildings is fully operational.

The company's newly filed project submittal shows a 278,000-square-foot data center, shaped like a stretched plus sign. That's a 17% increase to the company's existing data center footprint, raising that total space to almost 1.9 million square feet, including a bit of administrative office space.

A Meta spokesperson declined comment.

The city planning commission is set to hold a public work session involving the project on April 29. No votes will be taken at that meeting.

Meta's project team includes DPR Construction, Nashville's Barge Design Solutions and architect Burns McDonnell.

Meta Platforms Inc. is seeking approval from Gallatin to build this data center, shaped like a stretched plus sign, on its 800-acre property. BARGE DESIGN SOLUTIONS

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