Gallatin lands Facebook data center

Construction has already begun on $800 million investment

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

Facebook, the California-based global technology company, is building an $800 million data center in Gallatin, Gov. Bill Lee, Facebook officials and Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development have announced.

The announcement, which came just after midnight Wednesday, confirms months of speculation about discussions for a major project known publicly as “Project Woolhawk” and is the culmination of a three-year recruitment effort by the Gallatin
Economic Development Agency, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Our community made the decision three years ago to pursue technology jobs as part of our economic development strategy. We are pleased to welcome Facebook to Gallatin, and we lookforward to the positive impact they will have on our city,” said Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown.

Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown (Photo: City of Gallatin)
Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown (Photo: City of Gallatin)

Construction has already begun on the 982,000-square-foot project, which is estimated to provide more than 1,100 construction workers at peak. Once operational, the data center will support about 100 jobs including logistics staff, electricians, security staff and technical operations positions.

The Facebook Gallatin Data Center will be among the most advanced, energy- and water-efficient data center facilities in the world. It will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy, will use 80 percent less water than the average, and, once completed, will be LEED Gold certified.

Facebook has already partnered with the TVA to bring 220 MW of new solar energy to the Tennessee Valley to support Facebook’s operations in the region.

According a data center trade publication, the first Facebook building is slated to be complete in approximately two years with the second due 18 months after that.