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Apple Campus, Inspired by Steve Jobs, Set to Open in April

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The new Apple campus under construction in Cupertino, California. (Noah Berger/Reuters)
 

By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 06:24 AM

Apple's new campus in California, inspired by Steve Jobs, is set to open in April when more than 12,000 employees will move into one of Silicon Valley's most eye-catching buildings.

The Cupertino business center, called Apple Park, stands out for its oval spaceship-looking main office that covers 2.8 million square feet and is "clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass," reported the San Jose Mercury News.

Apple Park will operate on 100 percent renewable energy and will run on one of the world's largest on-site solar energy installations which will produce 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power.

"Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us," said Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive officer. "He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come."

"The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy."

The public will get to experience Apple Park through a visitor's center, which will include an Apple Store. Employees will enjoy a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, secure research and development facilities and a theater named for co-founder Jobs.

"Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof," Apple said of the theater. "The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building."

The parkland within the building's ring includes two miles of walking and running paths, an orchard, meadow and a pond.

In 2013 Bloomberg reported that Apple Park, known then as Campus 2, had reached a cost of $5 billion, topping the $3.9 billion cost of the new World Trade Center in New York City.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Apple hasn't revealed the current cost of Apple Park, but Mina Chow, a senior lecturer at University of Southern California School of Architecture, said the center itself was meant to speak for the company.

"Corporate headquarters are all about making a statement," Chow said. "Even when you had the period of emperors and kings, it's all about making a statement. Architecture is the identity of a culture. We build what we believe we are."

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