Before Jobs’ passing, the late CEO of Apple stood before the Cupertino City Council on June 7, 2011 and presented what was to be Apple’s new corporate headquarters.  Almost two years have passed and the once $3 billion project has ballooned to $5 billion.  Adding insult to injury, the scheduled completion date has also been pushed from 2015 to 2016.  Nevertheless, Apple’s new campus is not only one of the most profound headquarters the corporate world has seen, but one of the most ambitious.

So what makes Apple’s new Campus so dang remarkable?

1.  Billions of Dollars

Building a new campus takes money. And usually that money is in the millions.  Apple’s new campus had a projected budget of $3 billion.  That’s a fair bit of coin.  Now, presumably due to unforeseen cost and delays, that number has increased to $5 billion.  Not even Vegas spends this kind of money on their buildings.  Not even the new World Trade Center in NYC cost this much ($3.9 billion).

2. Glass and More Glass

Apple’s new campus will use more than 6 kilometers of glass.  And not just any glass, curved glass. The same company that builds the Apple glass stair cases seen in places such as the NYC store, have doubled the capacity of its factory to accommodate the project.  That all said, the outside of the curved building will span 40-feet high and will be composed of concave glass.

3. More Green Than Money

Apple Campus 2 is said to be a “net-zero energy” building.  That means it won’t use any off the grid electricity.  This is accomplished by using an array of solar panels (700,000 square feet to be exact) in tandem with a mix of architectural energy-saving tactics that include skylights and an airflow design to keep the building cool and warm as needed.  The solar array will produce 8-megawatts of power, enough to power 4,000 homes.  Apple, however, will still require additional power, which will come from wind and solar power found in California.

4.  2/3rds the Size of the Pentagon

The Pentagon is massive.  Apple’s new digs will be two-thirds the size of the pentagon.  That’s a whopping 2.8 million square feet housed inside of the four-story circular building.

5. Trees and more trees

The location for Campus 2 is currently littered with tarmac and pavement.  The new Apple headquarters will negate much of that, place cars in an underground parking garage, and add 176 acres of trees (6,000 trees).

6.  Feed them like Google

Food is paramount to a successful company.  And Apple knows it (much like Google).  There will apparently be a multitude of cafeterias.  One so large in fact, that it will accommodate up to 3,000 employees.

7. Dirt for Days

The new site for Campus 2 will officially break ground sometime this June.  But it’s not as simple as erecting a building.  In fact there is so much dirt to be removed it will take six months of continuous excavating, provided of course a fleet of trucks works 24-hours a day.

8. Thousands of new hires

It’s unlikely Apple will hire just to fill seats, but the new headquarters is said to seat an economy improving 12,000 to 13,000 people.  That’s larger than many US towns and probably warrants its own zip code (assuming they don’t already have one).

9. Buildings to Include

Apple’s new spot won’t just include work space and food arenas.  They’ll also be building a 1,000 seat corporate auditorium (likely for product launches and such) and a fitness center.  It’s likely they won’t stop there, but that’s what the project specs call for.

10. The Ghost of HP

Part of the new Apple Campus will exist on HP’s old turf, a company that has seen failure after failure in the computing/tech space.  Let’s just hope that Apple can right the ship despite taking a massive ding on their stock price in recent.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."