More Details About Mothership AppleHQ Building

It was back in early June that Steve Jobs revealed what his plans were for the large piece of land Apple purchased from Hewlett Packard, located in its home district of Cupertino and now the Cupertino City Council has just made more details available about the Spaceship Campus. Apple’s plans to build a 2.8 million square-foot spaceship-like circular office building in the city and the city is currently in the midst of its review process of Apple’s plans. Apple’s proposal would then undergo a development review and public hearings at the Planning Commission and the City Council, the first step of the review involves an environmental impact assessment that will evaluate traffic, noise, air quality and will provide the public with an opportunity for comment………….


Apple has submitted more detailed plans to the City of Cupertino, outlining its vision for its new 175 acre Spaceship campus in the area and including improved renderings to show just how its headquarters will look once completed in 2015. The proposals includes plans for an office, a research and development building totalling 2.8 million square feet, a 1,000 seat corporate auditorium, a fitness center, central plant, parking and new 300,000 square feet research facilities. Apple will be subject to an environmental impact assessment which will monitor traffic, noise, air quality levels and allow local residents to comment. Apple believes its new campus will maximise efficiency and convenience to Apple’s employees, providing a co-location of services and consolidation of employees in a single distinctive office research and development building. The building itself will hold as many as 13,000 employees and will attempt to generate its own electricity on site, reducing its dependency on local power resources. The 155-acre land was acquired by Apple from HP. The mayor said that the review process for the project is the same as every project in Cupertino, taking into consideration the environmental impact, building quality and traffic, among others. The project will come to the city council for approval in fall 2012 and could be completed by 2015.


The proposal includes:

  • An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;
  • A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;
  • A Corporate Fitness Center;
  • Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;
  • A Central Plant; and
  • Associated Parking.

Cupertino’s review process will consist of:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (including traffic, noise, air quality, etc.) during which there will be opportunity for public comment
  • Development review
  • Public hearings at the Planning Commission and the City Council


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