Meta halts construction of Sarpy County data center due to racist graffiti


Construction of the expanding Meta data center in Sarpy County has stalled due to racist graffiti found on the site twice in the past week. The contractor, Turner Construction Company, is suspending construction to send a message that racism will not be tolerated. A Meta spokesperson said they wanted to find out who’s behind it, as it’s a challenge facing the industry. measures that will help prevent them on one of our construction sites. At the Sarpy County site, we are working closely with Turner Construction and trade leaders to identify the perpetrator(s) of these acts,” Meta said in a written statement to KETV NewsWatch. 7. Similar incidents occurred at another Meta data center under construction in Utah late last year, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.Two incidents involved racist graffiti written on a portable bathroom, but are unresolved. The third incident involved a noose found at the Utah site, which resulted in the termination of a contract worker. Papillion, Sarpy County law enforcement and the FBI have said they had not been contacted about any incidents at the local construction site.KETV NewsWatch 7 saw no construction or workers this week at the site, located near Highway 50 and Rd. Capehart.”No We have suspended work to send a message about how seriously we take this. We are working with our client and business partners to implement a plan to ensure that every person on site feels welcome and treated with respect and dignity,” Turner said Construction Company said in a statement to KETV NewsWatch 7 Turner Construction Company did not say when construction would resume. Data center construction sites in the United States, as well as the requirement for all contractors to include the responsible business alliance code of conduct in the construction master agreement. Meta also said it would set up anonymous reporting channels at all construction sites. Sarpy County Chairman Don Kelley said he supports Meta’s efforts. to eliminate racist activity. Meta recently announced that it is adding a ninth building to this Papillion complex. This is expected to be done by the end of 2024.

Construction of the expanding Meta Data Center in Sarpy County has stalled due to racist graffiti found on the site twice in the past week.

The contractor, Turner Construction Company, suspends construction to send the message that racism will not be tolerated.

A Meta spokesperson said they wanted to find out who was behind it, as this is a challenge facing the industry.

“Meta has zero tolerance for any act of racism. While this is an industry-wide challenge, we are working with our general contractors to implement measures that will help prevent it. at one of our construction sites. At the Sarpy County site, we are working closely with Turner Construction and trade leaders to identify the perpetrator(s) of these acts,” Meta said in a statement. written to KETV NewsWatch 7.

Similar incidents occurred at another Meta data center under construction in Utah late last year, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Two incidents involved racist graffiti written on a portable bathroom, but remain unsolved. The third incident involved a noose found at the Utah site, which resulted in the layoff of a contractor.

Papillion, Sarpy County law enforcement and the FBI said they were not contacted about any incidents at the local construction site.

KETV NewsWatch 7 saw no construction or workers this week at the site, located near Highway 50 and Capehart Road.

“We have suspended work to send a message about how seriously we take this. We are working with our client and business partners to implement a plan to ensure that everyone on site feels welcome and treated with respect. and dignity,” Turner said. Construction Company said in a statement to KETV NewsWatch 7.

Turner Construction Company did not say when construction would resume.

Meta said it has a plan that includes: developing a manual to respond to these cases, launching a diversity and inclusion campaign at all data center construction sites in the United States, as well as as the obligation for all subcontractors to include the code of responsible conduct of the commercial alliance in the master site agreement.

Meta also said it will set up anonymous reporting channels at all construction sites.

Sarpy County Chairman Don Kelley said he supports Meta’s efforts to root out racist activity.

Meta recently announced that it is adding a ninth building to this Papillion complex. This should be done by the end of 2024.

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