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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 05:45 am PT (08:45 am ET)

Apple's moving the earth for its iCloud site in Reno, Nevada


Moving the earth for iCloud



One of the most prominent current signs of activity at the site are large earth moving trucks accompanied by large temporary water storage tanks and gigantic trucks tasked with wetting the dirt to prevent dust issues.

Apple's current project, listed as "MILLS 2" on a prominent construction sign at the site, recently got underway on a 63-acre area adjacent to the initial, small scale server building the company just completed.

Apple Reno data center site


Flattening and preparing the site for Apple's first big data center building is now underway by a dozen huge trucks, from graders to dump trucks to vast articulated water tankers (a portion of the activity is shown below).

Apple Reno data center site


Next to big off road construction equipment, even the full size pickup trucks in the parking area look tiny (below).

Apple Reno data center site


Dust is controlled by series of water trucks that spray down the exposed soil (below). This activity is going on right next to the initial pilot data center building.

Apple Reno data center site


Despite the vigilant watering, blowing dust is still an issue (you can almost taste it, below), and will be until the site's roadways are paved and the surrounding ground is landscaped around the new construction.

Apple Reno data center site


The scope of Apple's data center project is not just impressive, but essential for the region, which has been hit hard by the economic downturn. Reno has fallen from being the tenth fastest growing city in America to having one of the highest unemployment ranks.

"What Apple has done for this community is unbelievable," a local developer told AppleInsider, detailing the company's "innovative thinking" directed to solving problems and its "corporate objective" aimed at building the greenest data centers in the world.