Not quite three years after it announced plans to build a massive data center in Los Lunas, Facebook has revealed that it is purchasing some 456 acres near its current site.
Whether that means that the Menlo Park, California-based online social networking service giant has plans to build additional facilities in Los Lunas is not known.
But Facebook has been known to expand its other facilities. Late last year, the company announced it would be spending $750 million adding two new buildings to its Prineville, Oregon campus.
The addition of those two structures will bring Facebook’s total Prineville facility space up to more than 3.2 million square feet.
Facebook currently has 300 acres inside the 850-acre Huning Ranch Business Park in Los Lunas. Earlier this year it opened the first of a planned six buildings at the site.
It is thought that those additional structures, contributing to a total Facebook Los Lunas facility footprint of 2.8 million square feet, will be completed sometime in 2023.
In a statement to Albuquerque Business First, Facebook, in commenting on the new Los Lunas land acquisition, said, “we occasionally purchase available land in the event that our future business needs may require it.”
But the company added: “We currently have no plans to build on this land.”
Launched in early 2004, Facebook had some 5.5 million users within the year. Today it is the largest social networking service in the world, with 2.2 billion users.
By Garry Boulard
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