PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — Electrical contracting company Rosendin has been selected to build Meta Platform’s (formerly Facebook) new Temple Data Center in Texas. The employee-owned company will work with general contractor JE Dunn to build the $800 million data center building and site infrastructure in an industrial park located 50 miles north of the Austin Metro area. 

“We are proud to provide our expertise in designing and building this critical mission project in Texas that supports the public’s love for social media as a way to connect with friends and family, utilize the marketplace, and be entertained,” said Paul Gottfried, project executive, Rosendin. “Rosendin’s vast experience building secure and energy-efficient data centers with reliable power and communications systems makes us uniquely qualified for this important project.”  

Starting July 2022, Rosendin will hire 440 craft workers and staff in Temple. This includes skilled electrical workers with the IBEW Local 72, as well as prefabrication warehouse staff, BIM experts, estimators, project managers, and office staff. Career opportunities are available for experienced craft workers as well as apprentices and those interested in exploring jobs in the construction industry. 

“Meta Platform’s new data center is a true investment to the Temple community that is building a stronger digital infrastructure, creating high-paying jobs, and using clean energy solutions that will be supported by 100% renewable energy,” said Shaun Mahan, division manager, Rosendin.

The 900,000-square-foot data center aims to serve as a model of energy efficiency and will be supported by renewable energy from new solar energy plants. The project will also aim for LEED Gold certification and receive credits for water restoration efforts. To date, Meta has invested more than 700 megawatts of new wind and solar energy in Texas. 

“Rosendin has been in business for over 100 years, and we value our long relationship with JE Dunn,” said Justin Prince, general superintendent, Rosendin. “We aim to be a strong partner to all the stakeholders by providing a stable, robust workforce of skilled craft workers with IBEW Local 72 who appreciate the value that innovative data centers have on communities.” 

Construction on Meta Platform’s Temple Data Center will begin in this Spring and create a total of 1,200 jobs during construction at the 400-acre site located in an industrial park at NW H.K. Dodgen Loop and Industrial Park Boulevard. A statement from the Temple Economic Development Corp. says the area is a regional employment hub with 450,000 residents and a thriving business environment to diversified industries.

In Texas, Rosendin has four offices, including Pflugerville, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. Projects include building the Aktina Solar Facility in El Campo; renovations to the Austin-Bergstrom Intl. airport; and infrastructure upgrades at Texas A&M, the University of Texas, and the Seaholm high-rise residential tower, among others. Rosendin supports local communities where its employees live and work by donating to nonprofits, including women’s centers and food banks.