October 17, 2013
Cupertino Approves Apple’s Spaceship Campus
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The new circular building was one of the last projects co-founder Steve Jobs had worked on before his passing in October 2011. Barring any further petitions to the city board in the next ten days, Apple’s plans are now final, and demolition on the existing land can begin. An old building which belonged to HP now stands on the site, and Apple plans to build orchards and plenty of landscaping to surround their new campus which will hold up to 13,000 employees. The iPhone maker must also erect a sound barrier around the site during construction of their new building.
Now Apple must wait for a second public meeting to take place on November 19 and, pending approval, their building plans will go into effect on November 20. Tim Cook proudly announced the passing of the measure on Twitter, quoting a headline posted by popular Apple blog MacRumors.
“Our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come,” tweeted Cook. “Cupertino City Council Gives Unanimous Approval for Apple’s New Campus.”
According to the San Jose Mercury News, “several hundred” Apple employees packed city hall in expectation of the measure passing. Several of them carried in signs which read “Cupertino for Apple Campus 2.”
"The project will certainly cause traffic issues," said Council member Mark Santoro during the long hearing, "but I'm happy to hear Apple's going to work with us on solving these problems."
“It’s great that we’re keeping jobs here rather than letting them go somewhere else, and I want to thank both Apple and Steve Jobs for his vision.”
While the rest of his company was busy hosting their World Wide Developers Conference in June 2011, Steve Jobs first shared his plans with the Cupertino City council for a new circular campus which many have compared to a spaceship. Jobs even admitted to the odd shape, saying: “It’s a little like a spaceship landed.”
“There is not a straight piece of glass in the building. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use.”
Apple bought a large percentage of the land from HP, and buildings from the company still remain on the property. Though there have been a few minor revisions to the original plan, the city of Cupertino has been mostly warm to the new campus which will occupy a 2.8 million square-feet footprint. Though Jobs originally planned to occupy the new building by 2015, some of the changes have pushed the grand opening forward to the winter of 2016, barring any future complications.