First two buildings now open, part of $282M overall expansion plan
The first portion of the planned expansion of Apple's existing Austin campus is complete, with certificates of occupancy now issued for the first two of six planned buildings on the expanded site, which will now be home to the company's "Americas Operations Center." Two parking garages and two additional buildings are also planned and in various stages of permitting. When the first phase is fully complete in 2015, the campus will double its present workforce.
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.
Additional buildings pushed back, plans and bike paths added
Apple has filed revisions to its plans for "Campus 2," the spaceship-shaped new campus that is now expected to be completed in 2016, a year late and some $2 billion over budget. Pushed back to a second phase with no timetable, a set of adjacent buildings known as the Tantau Development will now be delayed and not built on the same schedule as the main building. The new plans -- the sixth revision to the approved layout -- will also offer more bike and walking paths along the private roads on the grounds around the main building.
Ambitious construction plan meets red tape, regulations
[Update: the revised plans are now officially filed, and Apple's comments have been added] A revised timetable for the construction of Apple's futuristic "spaceship" new main campus, originally planned to break ground this year and be completed in 2015, reveals that the company may not be able to begin the project until 2014, but still hopes to complete the new company headquarters by 2016, only slightly delayed from its original goal.
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.
Mac ownership up
Apple ownership is up among students at the University of Virginia, with 25-percent of freshmen owning a Mac, up from 20-percent in the year prior, according to a computer ownership study performed last fall. These figures show a steep acceptance curve, as ownership was around 4-percent only five years ago, according to The Chronicle. The research indicates that, out of all students polled, 99-percent said they own a laptop, and 0.1-percent admit to not owning a computer at all.
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.