Apple Spaceship Campus Closer to Reality as City Approves Plans

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Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 11:16 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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One of the last things on technology mogul's Steve Jobs' wish list, a futuristic "spaceship" campus for Apple in California, may come to life as the Cupertino city council approved its plans this week.

The Washington Post reported that the campus, which Jobs pitched to the Cupertino city council in 2011, received an unanimous thumbs up for the body. The circular, four-story campus will be designed for 14,200 workers and will be located across the street from Apple's current headquarters.

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Referred to as Apple Campus 2, the spaceship-looking building will house offices and be the home of Apple's research and development, according to a Cupertino press release. 

"Apple Campus 2 will promote creativity and collaboration by consolidating up to 14,200 Apple employees in one location," according to an Apple project description presented to the city. "Apple will continue to occupy the existing Infinite Loop Campus, as well as other buildings within Cupertino. . . . Apple Campus 2 will become a model for the 21st century workplace — a fantastic place to work, to create, to collaborate, and to shape future technology." 

Apple employees attended the meeting in support of the new campus, according to the San Jose Mercury-News. 

"Steve transformed Apple into one of the most innovative companies in the world and we understand the responsibilities that come from carrying his legacy forward with this project," Apple's head of real estate and facilities Dan Whisenhunt told the council. "We've designed it with the same care and attention to detail as we do with all Apple products."

Some city officials were concerned about motorists and tourists in the congested city, which sits at the edge of Silicon Valley. But Apple promised to underwrite numerous roadway improvements to help alleviate congestion throughout Cupertino, according to the Mercury-News.

Apple officials said that 30 to 34 percent of its employees will use public transit or Apple's shuttle buses to commute to work.

"The project will certainly cause traffic issues," councilmember Mark Santoro shortly before the vote, stated the Mercury-News. "But I'm happy to hear Apple's going to work with us on solving these problems."

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