Google announced in early July that it will be expanding it's Atlanta data center by an extra 500,000 square feet.
The expanded facility will include a new four-story building, as well as additional structures on the land. Once the extra capacity has been added, the Georgia data center will cover more than 1.3 million square feet. The project, which has been nicknamed "Woodside" is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will cost an estimated $300 million.
The expansion will create at least 25 new jobs in the area and will work symbiotically with Google's effort to launch a high-speed broadband service in nine cities throughout metro Atlanta. The company plans to provide gigabit-speed Internet service in the area, which is 100 times faster than basic broadband connections. Google is also expanding elsewhere in Atlanta, with sales and marketing offices in Midtown and its eye on the lease for a 1.2 million square-foot office space at Ponce City Market.
Because of the beneficial impact the facility has had on the area, officials from Douglas County have passed a package of data center tax incentives for the project intended to entice Google to continue building in the county.
"Data centers are the engines of the internet, and as the internet grows, our data centers are growing too," said Jason Wellman, data center operations manager for Google. "Douglas County and the state of Georgia have been excellent partners, enabling us to grow our presence in the state. This expansion will allow us to continue to provide fast and reliable service to millions of people around the clock."
Google has been rapidly expanding its global data center footprint, operating 13 facilities around the world.
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