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An Exclusive Review of the Apple Park Project

Apple inc, the tech giant is embarking on a great project called the Apple Park.I believe an Exclusive Review of the Apple Park Project will be very beneficial to you.What amazes me the most,is most people do not have much knowledge about the apple park project.Now let me give you deep insight of the whole project.

Whenever I hear of the Apple Park, I remember the great Steve Jobs RIP. This is what he said concerning his dream park;

“It’s got a gorgeous courtyard in the middle, and a lot more. It’s a circle, so it’s curved all the way round. This is not the cheapest way to build something. Every pane of glass in the main building will be curved. We have a shot, at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it.”

This proved to be Jobs’ last public appearance before his death in October 2011.

Overview of the Project

Apple Park is the future headquarters of Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California. It is under construction and will be completed by the end of 2017. Its research and development facilities are already occupied with over 2000 people. It will replace the current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop.

Its circular design and extreme scale have earned a media nickname of ‘the spaceship’. Located on a suburban site totaling 175 acres (71 hectares), it is planned to house more than 12,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 square meters). Steve Jobs wanted the whole campus to look less like an office park and more like a nature refuge. Eighty percent of the site will be green space planted with drought resistant trees and plants indigenous to the Cupertino area.

History of the Project

The building was conceived by Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs, and designed by Lord Norman Foster. Jobs took Foster to the cathedral-like building on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, which Jobs designed himself with the goal of keeping everything under one roof. Steve Jobs spent a large part of two years on the project before his death in 2011.

In April 2006, Steve Jobs announced to the city council of Cupertino that Apple had acquired nine contiguous properties to build a second campus, the Apple Campus 2.

Purchases of the needed properties were made through the company Hines Interests, which in at least some cases did not disclose the fact that Apple was the ultimate buyer;Philip Mahoney, a partner with a local commercial real estate brokerage, noted that this is common practice in attempts to arrange the purchase of contiguous land made up of multiple parcels with separate owners.

In order to keep costs from skyrocketing and not reveal the company’s plans to competitors. Among the sellers of the properties were SummerHill Homes (a plot of 8 acres or 3.2 hectares) and Hewlett-Packard (three buildings of their campus in Cupertino), among others.

On October 15, 2013, Cupertino City Council unanimously approved Apple’s plans for the new campus after a six-hour debate.Shortly thereafter, demolition work began to prepare the site for construction.Originally expected to break ground in 2013 and open in 2015, the project experienced delays and started in 2014. It is expected to open in April 2017, according to an Apple press release on February 22, 2017.

Energy Source

The project will be powered entirely from renewable energy, and will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. The solar panels installed on the roof of the campus can generate 17 megawatts of power, sufficient to power 75% during peak daytime, and making it one of the biggest solar roofs of the world.

The other 4 megawatts will be generated onsite using Bloom Energy Server fuel cells, which are powered by biofuel or natural gas.The air will flow freely between the inside and outside of the building, providing natural ventilation and obviating the need for HVAC systems during nine months of the year

Facilities Involved

This great and awesome project is embodied with great and astonishing facilities,just let me give you a brief overview of what you should expect in the project.prepare to see this facilities whenever you enter apple’s park.

  • Visitor center
  • Parking
  • Transit center
  • R&D facility
  • Wellness center
  • Auditorium
  • Cafe

On February 22, 2017 Apple announced the official name of the campus to be “Apple Park”, and the auditorium to be named “Steve Jobs Theater” . This great project have this financial constraints; The land cost was estimated at $160 million. The project cost initially was estimated at $500 million. However, in 2013 the total cost was estimated to be nearer to $5 billion.

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