Today, The Oregonian reports that Apple has begun working on the first phase of its Oregon data center project by clearing land that will be the site of one of the data center’s two massive 338,000 square-foot buildings, but that will building will only be partially fitted out for the time being. The data center’s first building will consist of two “data halls.” Future plans for the site include a second building and the eventual roll out of 14 additional data halls. The company is reportedly spending $68 million for land preparation and construction.
On Apple’s environmental page, the company says, “Our newest data center, located in Prineville, Oregon, is just getting under way and will be every bit as environmentally responsible as our Maiden data center. At Prineville we have access to enough local renewable energy sources to completely meet the needs of the facility.”
Back in February, it was confirmed that Apple had acquired the 160-acre plot in Prineville, Oregon for $5.6 million. Also, earlier this year, it was reported that Apple had agreed to invest $250M for the new data center site. The company also maintains a smaller data center in Newark, California and has been building out additional capacity in Santa Clara, California near its corporate headquarters in Cupertino. Apple also recently opened another data center in Maiden, North Carolina, where the company has indicated that it plans to spend $1 billion.