Apple has always been a company that has been known for innovation, which made them one of the leading names in brand recognition today. While they have been known for their tech products, specifically their iPhones and portable Macs, they have brought this spirit of innovation even in their place of work. Their main headquarters is dubbed “Apple Campus,” and as one would expect with a complex bearing that name, the setup of the buildings similar to that of a typical university.
Then again, Apple Campus can also be said to resemble a small business park. Its buildings are situated around green spaces, which makes it feel more like a place to get some rest and relaxation; a good thing to have when you have lots of tired and probably stressed-out employees around.
Situated in Cupertino, California, the Campus has stood since 1993 and has always been the main office of Apple Incorporated.
Apple Campus 2: A Necessity due tor Rapid Expansion
Of course, with their success in the worldwide technology stage, it is not hard to imagine that the company is continuously growing, and fast. This is why it is not surprising that back in 2006, founder Steve Jobs already had plans in mind for a second Campus to be built.
To be called “Apple Campus 2,” the new complex was envisioned from nine contiguous properties that Jobs had acquired in 2006. The move was not thought to be an economic one; Apple had been residents of Cupertino, California since 1977, and it just makes sense that they would opt to extend their facilities in the area instead of moving somewhere else, regardless of the financial effects.
The second Campus was planned to be built about a mile away, east of the first one. After years of planning and discussion, construction was supposed to start in 2013, with facilities expected to be in full operation in 2015. However, various issues caused construction to be delayed until 2014, with the operation date pushed as far back as 2017.
Initially, Jobs’ plans for the revision and extension of the Campus had been criticized for being far too costly, with concerned parties in Cupertino, saying that the project had “sky-high requirements for fit and finish.” And so, $1 billion dollars have been shaved off the whopping $5 billion budget for the project, effectively eliminating 300,000 square feet worth of construction in the process.
A Massive Project Aiming to Cover Every Facet of Employee Life
Still, the plans were in for the remaining 600,000 square feet worth of construction, with the buildings expected to cater up to 2,200 of the company’s employees. This will include offices for development and research as well some satellite sites which, alongside other numerous, newly-built facilities, will provide solutions for future advancement.
While there is no definite use for the spaces when it was first planned, the company is anticipating their rapid rate of expansion that they factored the coming growth in their plans. The main building has already housed around 12,000 employees before, and if the expansion project pushes through, it will support around 14,200 employees.
Of course, it is not only the corporate spaces that needed focus. The plans also included what was dubbed “multimodal transportation goals,” which among other transportation-related improvements had enhanced bike lanes.
This encourages commuters to pedal around the facility with buffered lanes — a boon to cycling enthusiasts or even to those who just want a stroll around the pleasantries of the place using bicycles.
In addition, there were plans to improve parking places for employees and visitors alike.
Aside from the usual surface parking areas, a massive underground parking garage is in the works, one that can house around 10,980 cars, and is conveniently situated near Interstate 280.
Not Just a Place to Work, but a Place for Play
It is also worth noting that Apple is being true to the balanced “work and play” environment that they seem to be promoting. After all, if such a massive space was used exclusively for corporate development and technological research, it would prove to be a dull affair after all.
One example in which Apple alleviates this is by building a section called “Public Art,” where, as the name implies, art installations can be seen. They projected four separate places in which o place these areas, possibly representing a decent spread within the whole lot.
In addition to this, there will also be a fitness center for employees and a corporate auditorium, as well! Creativity and collaboration are the names of the game, and Apple Campus 2 breathes life into the old workplace ethic and aims to deviate from any form of monotony.
An Eco-Friendly Energy Goal
Apart from this, the whole of the structure aims to be as eco-friendly as possible. It was said that the site plans to offset their energy consumption by building 700,000 feet solar panel installation, which will cover a massive rooftop structure and is expected to generate 8 megawatts of power.
This is in addition to wind power setups and “climate responsive” window dressings. A set of unofficial updates has been disclosed regarding the status of the project in the form of photographs released by Matthew Roberts.
Roberts is an aerial videographer, which, as you can see from the pictures featured on the site, captures the essence and the action that is going on with the structures.
Apple continues to be a leader in the mobile technology industry today. With this expansion to the Apple Campus, we may expect to see more innovations from the company in the future.
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