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New aerial shots of Apple Campus 2 show land now cleared

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Tue April 8, 2014

Construction beginning in earnest following demolition of HP buildings

Photos taken by a Mac and iOS developer's tip site last month and recently show a great deal of progress being made on the preparation for construction of Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 main building and grounds. A month ago, demolition of existing HP buildings was still taking place; in the most recent photos, the site is all but completely cleared of any trace of its former occupant. Currently, a small army of equipment is preparing the ground for construction.

The new headquarters of the company (though it is retaining its original campus as well) is expected to house some 12,000 employees in a futuristic "spaceship" design that will actually take up only about 13-20 percent of the land Apple has purchased. Much of the remaining land will be restored to its original condition as an agricultural area, with orchards, bike paths and a few smaller subsidiary buildings.

At least some portion of the roofs of all the planned structures will have solar collectors and other renewable energy technology to help power the facility. There will also be some underground facilities, including a new amphitheatre intended for "Town Hall" meetings and future product and press briefings. Dock and loading facilities and a bus terminal for transit-riding employees are also thought to be planned for a lower level under or near the main building.

What the site is expected to look like when completed
What the site is expected to look like when completed

Also planned for the campus is a visitor center, parking garages and supporting buildings. Currently, a 9,000 square foot test section of the main building has been constructed "to test construction methods, tolerances and the visual appearance of precast concrete elements." The interior of the main building will also have a park-like open-air middle with room for small events (such as live music), outdoor dining and social interaction for employees.

According to the aerial photos taken by AppleToolbox, final ground clearing is well underway with earth-moving equipment on hand to dig into, rehabilitate and reform soil and rock as necessary. Apple is now expected to move into the new $5 billion complex sometime late in 2016.

by MacNN Staff




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