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Malaga datacenter project overview

Microsoft is in the planning and permitting stage for a datacenter campus on Malaga-Alcoa Highway. The project is currently in the first phase of development, which will include one datacenter building, substation, water tanks, fencing, landscaping, and other support facilities. Construction of the first datacenter is anticipated to begin in fall 2023 and conclude in early 2026. Completion of construction does not indicate datacenter operation/availability. The timing of construction of the other two datacenter buildings will be driven by customer demand for Microsoft cloud services.

Below you’ll find past project updates

March 29, 2023 community info session recap

Microsoft hosted a community information session about the planned Malaga datacenter campus on March 29, 2023. The project is in the planning and permitting stage for the first phase of development, which will include one datacenter building, substation, water tanks, fencing, landscaping, and other support facilities.

The meeting opened with remarks from Lisa Karstetter, Community Manager for Microsoft; Ron Cridlebaugh, incoming Economic Director for Chelan County; Jim Kuntz, Chief Executive Officer for Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority; and Shawn Smith, Managing Director of Energy Resources for Chelan County PUD.

Microsoft appreciated the opportunity to talk with the more than 110 community members that participated in the meeting and visited stations to talk with subject matter experts. The meeting stations focused on an overview of datacenters, the current plan for the Malaga datacenter campus (for example, site plan, water, energy), next steps for permitting and construction, and Microsoft’s partnerships in the community.

In talking with community members, Microsoft, Chelan County PUD, and Malaga Water District heard comments and responded to questions about water, construction timeline, power for the site, traffic, jobs, and community investments.

If you were unable to attend the community info session, you can also view the boards shown at the meeting.

English information session boards

Spanish information session boards

Join us on March 29 for an information session about the planned Microsoft Malaga datacenter campus

Datacenters provide the physical infrastructure for the technology we depend on at work and in our personal lives. Whenever you open an app on your phone, join a virtual classroom or meeting, snap and save photos, or play a game with your friends online, you are using a datacenter. Local businesses, government, hospitals, and schools rely on datacenters every day to deliver you goods and services.

During this information session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the planned datacenter that will be located on Malaga-Alcoa highway, understand our commitments to the community, review conceptual plans of the Malaga campus, and ask questions relating to the project.

Event details:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023  |   Drop in between 6-8 p.m.

Mission View Elementary School gymnasium, 60 Terminal Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

The event will be organized to accommodate English and Spanish.

For more information about Microsoft’s work in Central Washington, visit the Microsoft in your community page.

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