Apple Plans to Expand Massive Data Center in North Carolina
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning on adding another structure to its already massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina, reports the HickoryRecord via CultofMac. According to an erosion permit filed with Catawba County and seen by the HickoryRecord, Apple is planning on building another data center facility near the 500,000-square-foot primary structure on the campus. Apple’s data centers provide storage for the Cupertino-based company’s iTunes Store, App Store, and iCloud services.
According to the plans outlined in the erosion permit, the new structure will have an area of 14,246 square feet and will be approximately twenty-five feet tall. It will be constructed from precast concrete wall panels and steel columns. The main section of the building will hold banks of computers that will be cooled by eleven air conditioning units. The structure will also include an office, a break room, a business area, a storage area, and a unisex toilet. Two additional air conditioning units will be dedicated for the occupied areas of the building. The plans also outlined “man-trap” style security doors that require the first door to be closed before the second door will open.
As noted by the HickoryRecord, the new building plans are quite similar to the “tactical data center” that Apple built in 2012. The tactical data center that was built two years ago is 21,030 square feet and was constructed behind the main data center building. The new structure will also sit behind the main building. Although it is unknown how much the new building will cost, Apple spent $1.8 million on the last addition.