Construction confirmed to begin in April on $5 billion 'spaceship' facility
Residents, landlord and others living on or owning property around the area of Apple's forthcoming "Campus 2" facility in Cupertino have received letters from the iPad maker, updating them on construction plans and any possible road or utility work that might impact them. The letter is the second such update, with the last one delivered nearly a year ago that was more of an informational brochure detailing plans for the campus. The new letter is signed by Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's senior VP of real estate and development.
Ridley Scott, original Mac team members among special guests
While not an official Apple event, a celebration of Apple's past and the specifically the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Macintosh -- Apple's second big "hit" product after the Apple II, that went on to define the company for more than two decades -- will be held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California on January 25, one day after the official anniversary. The event will feature various original Mac team veterans, previously-unseen video, and other surprises.
Long-delayed new HQ should open in 2016, permits now beginning to flow
[Updated with details of city tax agreement] In a ceremonial final meeting on the matter, Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney gave the final OK for permit issuing and other clearances that will allow Apple to finally break ground on its long-planned Campus 2, the new facility not far from its original campus where the company's "spaceship" facility and other supporting buildings will be built. The project, which has seen environmental delays and some cost overruns already, is expected to cost $5 billion and open sometime in 2016.
Visitor center, transit buses, private roadways, more
Some of the city of Cupertino's additional images of Apple's proposed (and now approved) Campus 2 project, scheduled to open in 2016, have now appeared online. Rather than just showing off the main "spaceship" hub building of the $5 billion project, the new images showcase some of the details and other structures that will make up the complex, which is shaping up to look more like a small, futuristic city than an innovative office building.
CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney attend ceremony
Following a vote earlier in the week from the Cupertino City Council granting Apple final approval to begin construction of its $5 billion new headquarters, known as Apple Campus 2, the city has posted a video of the formal ceremony, with officials from both Apple and Cupertino attending. A "rubber-stamp" approval vote will be held on November 15 following a period where last-minute objections or concerns can be addresses, but the outcome is pre-determined: Apple can begin building immediately.
Ten-day review period ahead, then permits and groundbreaking
[Updated with tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook] After a long evening discussion, the Cupertino City Council has given its final approval on Apple's plan for a massive new "spaceship" main building that will be known as Campus 2. The $5 billion project is almost cleared to begin, following a mandatory 10-day review period. The vote of approval was unanimous, as had been the city's planning commission vote. The new headquarters will be set among 150 acres of restored orchard and grassland, and will house some 12,000-14,000 employees.
'A place for the most creative teams ... to innovate for decades to come'
Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer may have at first seemed to be an unusual choice for hosting a sneak-peek at a very large 3D architectural model of Apple's forthcoming Campus 2, known already as "the Spaceship" three years before it is even planned to open -- but like his colleagues, Oppenheimer has a gift for selling dreams. Along with Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities Dan Whisenhunt, the CFO gave reporters a tour of the model ahead of a Cupertino City Council vote.
New HQ slated to open in 2015, city soliciting public comments
The city of Cupertino held a meeting on Wednesday summarizing a first evaluation of the environmental impact of Apple's forthcoming Campus 2, a massive redevelopment project involving grounds formerly owned by HP and now controlled by Apple. The new, larger headquarters -- said to be urgently needed due to the expansion of Apple's workforce as a result of its success -- was among the last projects worked on by co-founder Steve Jobs before his death and is dominated by a large, "futuristic spaceship" style main building.
Facility will house 1,200 employees, may not be temporary
Developer Peery Arrillaga has struck a deal with Apple to build two buildings to the iPad maker's specifications for what may be a long-term lease or a new permanent facility in addition to the planned "spaceship" Campus 2 that will be built in Cupertino. The new buildings will be in Santa Clara, just outside Cupertino, marking the first time the company has committed to a long-term lease in that city. Apple is already leasing overflow office space in Cupertino and Sunnyvale as well as it struggles with its expansion.
Foregoes round motif for larger amphitheater
A part of the massive, spaceship-like new Apple campus now in the final planning stages includes a number of sections that are entirely underground, including some that are a short distance away from the main building. One such part, a "town hall" auditorium that Apple probably intends to use for future press rollouts and employee briefings, has seen a significant revision, retaining an "amphitheater" feel but expanding and gaining a more rectangular shape.
Apple mailing seeks to inform neighbors on planned new campus
Apple is reaching out to its neighbors in Cupertino, having mailed a packet to residents of the city of Cupertino containing images and information about its planned Campus 2. The mailing requests feedback from Cupertino residents and attempts to allay resident fears over the impact the new campus will have on their community.
Apple rep on hand to collect award
Apple's late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs was posthumously honored with the President's Award at the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce at a banquet held over the weekend, the Palo Alto Patch reports. Apple spokesman Michael Foulkes was on hand to accept the award and was a bit choked up in thanking the chamber following a short tribute video that combined photos of Jobs with video of his last presentation to the City Council.
Apple fire damage estimate
The fire last Tuesday at Apple's Cupertino headquarters caused significant damage, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department. Although no one was injured during the three-alarm incident, which began at 10PM local time and ended only two and a half hours later, the SCCFD now estimates material damage to be about $2 million. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, tallies on damage were uncertain.
Fire hits Apple campus
Fire struck Apple's main campus in Cupertino, California late Tuesday night, writes The Mercury News. The blaze is said to have erupted at Valley Green Six, 20605 Valley Green Drive, and produced a heavy amount of smoke, earning a three-alarm rating and more than 60 firefighters. Emergency crews from as far away as San Jose, Santa Clara and Los Altos arrived at the scene, while Apple workers took photos with their iPhones.
Apple has been planning a second business campus in Cupertino for some time now, but completion of the project may take a little longer than originally planned by CEO Steve Jobs. Two years ago, at a Cupertino City Council meeting, Jobs announced that Apple put together several pieces of land about a mile from its current campus and decided to break ground on the new location as a new separate but connected set of buildings. At the time, Jobs said "It'll take us, you know, three or four years to design it, get all the approvals and get it built." However, two years after the announcement, Apple has not applied for any permits to build on the land, according to Fortune.
Kids Day, British comedy
In brief: MacNN has posted a review of the Logic3 i-Station Traveller speaker system, March 13th marks "Kids Day" at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, and spiritual precursors to Monty Python have launched on iTunes. The only thing preventing the iPhone and iPod touch from being a true multimedia powerhouse is its speaker. The spacious display and storage capacity make watching movies on the go a pleasure- as long as you’re using headphones. The Logic3 i-Station Traveller solves that problem by providing room-filling sound in an enclosure small enough to slip into a backpack pocket or purse.
Apple shareholders meeting
Apple has officially announced its annual meeting of shareholders, where stockowners will elect the company's Board of Directors and ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as Apple's independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2008. Also on the agenda are considerations for two shareholder proposals, which are listed below. The meeting is scheduled to take place on March 4th at 10:00 a.m. local time in Building 4 on the company's Cupertino campus.
Apple expands Cupertino
Apple is reportedly expanding its Cupertino campus by taking possession of buildings abandoned by HP, and in some cases is knocking down the old structures to construct new ones. SetteB.IT reports that Apple is hiring new staff every week to fill the new areas of the campus, since Steve Jobs does not wish to move the headquarters outside of Cupertino. HP’s old buildings have painted-over signs, with addresses still written in HP’s typical company font; some signs have been finished, bearing the unmistakable grey logo.