Apple releases revised plans for its 'spaceship' headquarters
The city of Cupertino, Calif., posts the tech giant's updated designs for floor plans, parking, and landscaping for its upcoming state-of-the-art campus.
As Apple waits for the city of Cupertino, Calif., to give the final thumbs-up for the design of its new spaceshiplike headquarters, the company has been tinkering with the details.
Cupertino published the software giant's project update for the headquarters on the city Web site on Wednesday. Included in the documents are the project description, site and landscaping plans, floor plans, renderings, and a bicycle plan.
While a ton of information was submitted, it appears that the basic essentials haven't changed too much. The building still looks like a circular spaceship; in fact, many of the renderings in the new packet are the same as. It also has the same specifications: it will be 2.8 million square feet, sit up to 14,200 employees, and have a copious amount of trees. (See more images below.)
"Apple proposes to create Apple Campus 2 -- an integrated, unified, and secure 21st century campus surrounded by green space," the revised design proposal (PDF) reads. "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."
Apple firstto Cupertino in 2011 and has since , which isn't unusual for such a massive project. Construction was first expected to kick off last year; however, the start has been pushed back to 2014 for now. And, Apple doesn't expect employees to start working there until 2016, according to its project update.
Before any construction can begin, the city of Cupertino still has to approve the environmental impact survey, hold planning commission and city council public hearings, and conduct a development review of the project.