Apple Is Expanding Its ‘Big-Ass’ North Carolina Data Center Again

(Credit: Engadget)

(Credit: Engadget)

Apple’s already “big-ass” North Carolina data center is about to get even bigger.

Based on an erosion permit filed with Catawba County on Wednesday, Apple is looking to build an additional structure onto the side of its existing already enormous complex. Made of precast concrete wall panels, along with steel columns, this add-on is set to add 14,246 square feet, and be around 25 ft tall.

While the initial 500,000 square feet North Carolina data center was opened in 2009, it was added to in 2012 by a “tactical data center” located at the rear of the main data center — itself measuring 21,030 square feet in size. The new add-on is expected to be located behind the larger tactical data center.

As with the previous tactical data center, plans for the new one detail banks of computers in the main section, with 11 air units to keep it cool. It will add an office, business area, storage area, and breakroom with one unisex toilet. Two more air units will supply the office and other occupied areas of the data center.

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