Cupertino city council unanimously approves Apple's 'Spaceship' campus

By on October 16, 2013, 1:30 PM
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The Cupertino city council on Tuesday night unanimously approved Apple’s plans to build a massive new campus just across the highway from the company’s current headquarters. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally pitched the idea of a new facility to the council just months before his death in 2011.

Much of the session, according to the San Jose Mercury News, was spent going over environmental and other impacts the project poses. Councilmember Mark Santoro said the project will certainly cause traffic issues but he was happy to hear Apple would be working with them to solve such problems. To help alleviate some of the traffic congestion, Apple vowed that at least 34 percent of employees at the new campus would use public transit or Apple’s shuttle busses to commute to and from work.

The 176-acre complex will have room for up to 14,200 employees and will be encompassed by green space. It was designed with the help of architect Sir Norman Foster of Foster + Partners.

There was little doubt that the council would approve the plans as having a massive company like Apple leave town to build elsewhere would be a huge blow to the local economy. With the approval, the council is required to meet one last time for a final vote.

That’s slated to take place on November 15 but for all practical purposes, the project has been given the green light. Apple said they plan to begin demolishing existing buildings on the new campus site by the end of the year.




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Guest said:

This will be cool to look at on Google Maps once it's built.

JC713 JC713 said:

Awesome campus.

p51d007 said:

Well you knew good & well they would approve it, or Apple would complain & threaten to move somewhere else.

mctommy said:

I think they should talk to Elon Musk and add a hyperloop underneath the circular facility.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Why is this news? The only reason anyone outside Cupertino even knows it exists is because of Apple. Apple is even called 'Cupertino' because there's nothing else in Cupertino you could possibly be talking about.

I guess it's news because California sort of has a reputation for putting environmental concerns over any sort of progress. As evidenced by the story linked to the San Jose news. Glad to see they're not willing to let Apple move to another state over it.

Arris Arris said:

Looks like a sedgeway race track to me.

Guest said:

It looks like it'd be terribly inefficient to get from one end to the other. Unless, of course, they have a giant moving sidewalk throughout the facility. Then it'd be awesome.

Guest said:

You're totally right.

And awesome! :D

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'm sure any town would be willing to spring for a rubber stamp that says, "Approved for Apple Corp.".

It looks like it'd be terribly inefficient to get from one end to the other. Unless, of course, they have a giant moving sidewalk throughout the facility. Then it'd be awesome.
If you think the act of walking by moving one's feet would impede their "ability to innovate" and stifle their "creativity", why not slam them in a rickshaw and have illegal aliens tow then to where they need to go.

In case you didn't get the memo, walking is good for you.

And BTW, did you really need to post this garbage to congratulate and flatter yourself?

You're totally right.

And awesome!

Sort of tedious and grandiose, wouldn't you say?

Guest said:

Sounds like someone is a little cranky.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Sounds like someone is a little cranky.
Sounds more like somebody got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.....

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I suppose the circle is mean't symbolize eternity but will Apple be around eternally? I don't think so.

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