Top-secret Google data center almost completed

Search engine giant Google is nearing completion of a new data center on the banks of the Columbia River in The Dalles, Ore. But trying to get information about the project is almost as difficult as finding Bigfoot.

Although Google officials did go so far as to confirm that the company is building a facility in The Dalles, that's about all they would say -- except to note that the company has technology infrastructure facilities around the world that support its services.

"As the breadth of our services and number of users grow, we will build additional infrastructure to support them," said a Google spokesman."Our facility in Oregon is part of this effort."

Nolan Young, city manager of The Dalles, which is home to numerous Bigfoot sightings, said he had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Design LLC, the Delaware firm that negotiated the purchase of the land on Google's behalf, but he could not confirm when, or if, Google will take up residence in The Dalles. However, he did say that the new facility would create between 70 and 100 new jobs.

Other than that, Young said, the only information he could provide was what has been in public documents or spelled out in press releases. "There's a firm in the area, Design LLC, that's in the process of constructing two buildings approximately 34,000 square feet," Young said. "We have issued building approval and planning approval for those to proceed. We are also providing water and sewer service to those facilities, and three buildings have been approved. Construction is wrapping up on two of them."

Young said one of the reasons Design LLC -- read Google -- decided to locate in the community was because the company needed a fiber connection, and the city had built a fiber-optic loop to their site. Rob Enderle, an analyst at San Jose-based Enderle Group, was able to add a bit more information to the mystery.