updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu June 9, 2011
New headquarters coming one way or another
The mayor of Cupertino, Gilbert Wong, has issued a public statement acknowledging that the city council is backing Apple's new headquarters project, sometimes dubbed the Mothership. "There is no chance we are saying no," according to Wong. The city has in fact held a press conference to disclose its position, and started up a dedicated news page for the building.
The proposed project is a four-story ring so large it will have space for 12,000 workers, an auditorium and a cafeteria seating 3,000. Its signature design element should be curved glass windows wrapping around the exterior. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has claimed that the building, which could be finished by 2015, will be environmentally friendly and make use of fuels like natural gas, turning to the grid as backup.