In February, Apple purchased 160 acres of land in Prineville Oregon for $5.6 million. At the time, the tech giant plopped down a dainty 10,000 square-foot data center that was no more than a mere speck on the map. Yesterday, the Oregonian reported that Apple has begun construction on what is to be two 338,000 square-foot buildings just behind the mini data center.
The first phase of construction will be on one of the two gigantic buildings that is “more than twice the size of a typical Costco store.” The price of the first phase: 468 million. Apple plans on building the second complex, plus 14 additional data halls in the near future.
According to the Oregonian, the total cost of the project will be “hundreds of millions of billions of dollars,” once the servers and other data needs are in place.
Apple has not made official announcement as to when the first phase will be open, but the company has said that it will hire hundreds of people for the building’s construction and employ “dozens” of workers when it is complete.
Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling told the Oregonian in an earlier report that the company plans on making the 160-acre facility run on 100 percent renewable energy.
“At Prineville we have access to enough local renewable energy sources to completely meet the needs of the facility,” said Dowling. ”To achieve that goal, we’re working with two local utilities as well as a number of renewable energy generation providers to purchase wind, hydro, and geothermal power — all from local sources.”