A national firm with a local presence has been tapped to oversee construction of the massive data center being built in eastern Henrico for Facebook. DPR Construction has been chosen as the general contractor for the nearly 1 million-square-foot facility, which involves a $1 billion investment for the social media giant, at 5900 Elko Road in the White Oak Technology Park.
Facebook said work is underway on the site and DPR is accepting bids from subcontractors. A $220 million building permit was filed with the county Nov. 1 by DPR, calling for the construction of industrial buildings. To date, Facebook said, DPR has award-ed subcontracting gigs to three metro Richmond companies on the project: Rockville, Virginia-based Liesfeld Contractor Inc. for site work, ColonialWebb for mechanical work and Miller Electric for electrical work. Other subcontractors selected include Kansas-based Schufff Steel, Pennsylvania-based Lighthouse Electric Co. and Sterling-based Rosendin.
The first phase will consist of an H-shaped complex of two single-story, connected buildings. Documents on file with the county show three future buildings totaling 1.5 million additional square feet; however, a timeline for construction of the additional phases has not been released.