It's been nearly a year since the Cupertino City Council approved Apple's plans to build a massive new campus not too far from the company's current headquarters. Since that time, we've heard nary a whisper about the project's progress thanks largely in part to Apple's efforts to keep curious eyes out of the construction site.

That all changed recently as YouTuber jmcminn strapped a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition camera onto his DJI Phantom 2 drone to capture some aerial footage of the progress being made to Apple's new campus.

What's immediately noticeable is the sheer size of the campus. Sure, you may have seen drawings and renderings of the spaceship-like structure and its surroundings but this clip really puts it all into perspective.

We can clearly see that the entire area has been cleared, much of the perimeter wall is already in place and crews have already laid out a few sections of flooring. Aside from that, there's still a ton of work left to do over the coming year.

In one of his last public appearances before his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally pitched the idea of the new campus to the Cupertino City Council. The 176-acre campus will accommodate 14,200 employees and will be surrounded by an abundance of green space. The $5 billion project is expected to be ready by mid-2016.