updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon October 25, 2010
Two buildings needed to hit 500,000 sqft.?
The rumored expansion of Apple's North Carolina data center may have been planned the entire time, photos from a Catawba County Flickr feed suggest. Dating back to July 2009, an architectural rendering related to the data center shows not one but two buildings. The positioning of the second building is consistent with a construction site spotted in a recent aerial recon flight.
Still unclear is whether or not the second building can be genuinely considered an expansion. Apple is supposed to have at least 500,000 square feet, but whether or not the first building contains that much room is unknown. The company could instead be building two 250,000 square foot offices, although the idea is purely speculative so far.