Apple Plans to Build “Best Office Building in the World” as New California Headquarters for Up to 13,000 Employees
Apple intends on breaking ground in 2012 and moving in by 2015, said Jobs, and will submit plans to the Council about the mega-project "fairly quickly."
Currently Apple has 12,000 people working in many buildings in the Cupertino, and is the city's largest taxpayer. The fact Apple is "growing like a weed" necessitates the company's need to consolidate, explained the CEO. The main building in Cupertino will be an architecturally amazing four-story, circle-shaped structure. "It's a little like a spaceship landed,'' Jobs told council members about the building's proposed design. "There is not a single straight piece of glass in this building; it's all curved. I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think architecture students will come here to see this; I think it can be that good."
The campus will use its own natural-gas powered generator center and other clean energy" and include multiple R&D facilities, an auditorium, a café capable of feeding 3,000 people at one sitting, and more.
Most of the parking will be underground so that 80 percent of the land will be landscaped (an increase of 350 percent); and the number of trees will be doubled. New apricot orchards will even be added with help from a Stanford arborist.
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