Facebook's Latest North Carolina Data Center Goes for Gold
FRC4 is the third Facebook facility built by DPR Construction and Fortis Construction in Forest City, N.C. The 24/7 data center is a "cold storage" facility, meaning its servers support Facebook's older, less accessed data. To hasten construction, contractors built it in two phases, with Data Hall A and the central utilities building constructed first, followed by Data Halls B and C. Each 25,000-sq-ft facility uses a system designed to efficiently control air flow from fourteen air-handling units. The campus was built with Facebook's goal of creating the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. The buildings were situated on the site to take advantage of the predominant wind direction and minimize excavation. The facility is seeking LEED-Gold certification.
Award of Merit, Green Projects — Facebook FRC4, Forest City, N.C.
Contractor DPR Construction/Fortis Construction, Morrisville, N.C.
Owner Facebook, Forest City, N.C.
Lead Designer Sheehan Partners Ltd., Chicago
MEP Engineer Alfatech, San Jose, Calif.
Civil Engineer McGill Associates, Hickory, N.C.
Electrical Contractor Rosendin Electric, San Jose, Calif.
Mechanical/Plumbing Contractor McKenney's, Atlanta