Apple still awaiting Cupertino campus go-ahead

Macworld Australia Staff
29 April, 2013
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Apple is still waiting for the final go-ahead from the City of Cupertino for its proposed new Apple Campus 2 project. In the meantime, the company has revised its plans for the spaceship-like design, CNET has reported.

The updated plans were posted on the city’s website last week and show that the basic details have not changed since Apple first mooted the idea of a second campus in 2011. The documents on the website include information about a fitness centre, parking, site and landscaping plans, floor plans, renderings and a bicycle plan.

The updated projected description reads, “Apple proposes to create Apple Campus 2 – an integrated, unified and secure 21st century campus surrounded by green space. This new development will provide a serene environment reflecting Apple’s brand values of innovation, ease of use and beauty. The entire 176-acre site will be redeveloped with sustainable, state-of-the-art office, research and development facilities.”

One of the most notable elements of the project is the aforementioned amount of green space stipulated by the design and it’s the city of Cupertino’s environmental impact survey that must be completed and approved before any construction can begin. The survey will entail planning commission and city council public hearings, as well as a development review of the project.

The development is already behind schedule, although that’s not unusual with a project of this size – the specifications detail a site plan of 2,600 square meters and room for 14,200 employees across the proposed four storeys. Construction is currently expected to begin in 2014, with Apple not expecting any employees to be moving in until 2016.

Of more concern than timing delays is the rise in expected costs – projections have ballooned from US$3 billion to US$5 billion. Understandably, Apple is rumoured to be working with Sir Norman Foster Architects to shave a possible US$1 billion from those estimates.


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