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Issue 10, June/July


FOCUS FACEBOOK


The computer floor will be on the bottom level of the two-story facility, with all the mechanical infrastructure housed in the top-level penthouse. INSET: The vision


around to having hotel billboards and storefront signs that read, “Welcome Facebook.”


The city and county have already benefited from permitting fees the project has generated. There’s also Patchett’s $100,000-per-year community-outreach budget. The construction jobs are temporary, but will nevertheless provide a sizeable boost to the economy. According to Doug Barnhart, the DPR/Fortis project superintendent, out of about 120 people working on the project, about 75 are from Central Oregon.


THE GREENPEACE ISSUE


Flack the project caught from Greenpeace resulted from the environmentalist group’s criticism of PacifiCorp’s generation-fuel portfolio. The company gets 58 percent of its energy from coal and 17 percent comes from gas, according to the company’s Integrated Resource Plan. Hydroelectric energy makes


up about nine percent and the rest comes from other sources, including wind and other renewable methods.


As an “anchor tenant” in the area, the data center will put it on the map and potentially attract other businesses there,


Commenting on the criticism, Patchett pointed to resources that are being conserved as a result of people using Facebook, such as avoiding driving to the store to process photos. He also sees the addition of such a large power user to Pacific Power’s client roster as a stimulus for developing more renewable sources.


As an “anchor tenant” in the area, the data center will put it on the map and potentially attract other businesses there, he said. The more


businesses move in, the higher the pressure will be on Pacific Power to look for more clean electricity because of the state’s energy regulations. In 2007, Oregon state government enacted a law that requires the largest utilities to get 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.


A CLOSET COWBOY


Facebook is in the ‘storming’ stage of development, which is a first for Patchett. “The thing about running an operational environment is process and procedure,” he says, adding that he enjoys working for a company in a more normalized state.


“But, in my deepest dark closet, I’m a cowboy. I love just ‘git’er done.’ What do you want me to do? Let’s go.”


From the looks of it, his inner cowboy is having a blast. 


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