I love business and everything to do with operations, management, leadership, and logistics. I’m no expert, but love that we live in a world where we can get a front row seat to the brands we love and how they run their organizations. Normally, I’m just a regular guy that enjoys riding up and down I-75 in Northwest Atlanta, for example, every few days or weeks as they built the new Atlanta Braves stadium, which is completed as of the week of this writing (if I’m not mistaken). You don’t see fast progress if you do that commute everyday, but if you’re going by there once every few weeks, you see transformation!Other than examples like that, I don’t really get too excited about construction, but one building has got me pulling up a chair, dimming the lights, and popping the popcorn. Not really, I’m not that big of a dork, even though my wife would say I would have popcorn if I wasn’t too lazy to get up and make it. 😛 That one building is in Cupertino, California and it is the brand new Apple Campus 2 headquarters. It has been appropriately dubbed “The Spaceship,” as you can tell from the image above. But seriously, this building and the story behind it is truly awe-inspiring and I just want to share it with you. Whether you care what Apple does to protect the environment or contribute to the local economy, I’ll be surprised if you’re not thoroughly impressed and applauding their efforts by the end of this post.
The official title for the site was released recently and will be called “Apple Park” or Park. Above, you’ll see a 3D Map, courtesy of Apple Maps app on macOS, of Apple Park which has not been updated in quite a while. Before we get to the most recent shots of the construction progress, I want to just share with you the amazing and innovative things Apple is doing with their new home.
These massive awnings span almost the entire perimeter of each floor of Apple Park, with the exception of the front atrium and visitor center entrance. As you can see from the picture above and below, you can tell that there is an arch on the underside of the awning where it meets the glass. Below, you’ll notice that there is a mirrored aesthetic on the interior of the building to match that of the outside, allowing for natural air flow to enter the building. Apple says that there will be no need for heating or cooling units for about 75% of the year. That’s pretty awesome!
Apple Park was first introduced to Cupertino City Council on June 7, 2011, just six months shy of Steve Jobs losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. At the hearings, Jobs laid out a very detailed prospectus of what Apple’s future home would mean to the city and to the world. Of those details, he confidently assured City Council that Apple had already acquired 175 acres of land just a few miles from their current offices, which came from 9 contiguous properties purchased since 2006.
The proposal expressed that it would house 13,000 employees within its 2.8 million square feet of space. Even with separate on-site research and development facilities, Apple has said that they will still maintain use of their current campus at 1 Infinite Loop, among other offices, after construction is completed on Apple Park.
The on-site R&D facilities will consist of two buildings of about 300,000 square feet will line the south side of the Apple Park property. It is said that Apple’s very secretive industrial design and human interface work will happen in these buildings, which are very well sheltered from passers-by.
What’s amazing is that the site in which Apple Park resides on was once many different sites, including residential property and Hewlett-Packard offices. From the time that HP occupied the space, until now, the property was only 20% greenspace. With Apple moving in, they will reverse those ratios and, with underground parking and other environmental efforts, they will ensure that approximately 80% of Apple Park will be grass, trees, and other greenspace.
Overall, in addition to the greenspace, Apple Park will run on 100% renewable energy and recycled water and running on 17 megawatts of solar power.
Aside from also having a 100,000 square foot fitness center on-site for Apple employees, the last major structure within the Apple Park ecosystem will be an icon within an icon, an underground theater that seats up to 1,000 people, which is slated to host future Apple product launches and keynotes. In honor of Apple’s late co-founder, it has been appropriately named “The Steve Jobs Theater.” As seen below, it will be visible above ground as a circular, glass-walled structure with what is said the be the largest carbon-fiber roof ever made. The rotunda on the ground level will have stairs going down to the theater itself where media and specially invited attendees will be able to witness the unveiling of Apple’s latest products and services.
In conclusion, Apple is really on point with its design and structure standards with their new facilities and it just blows my mind that more organizations and people don’t take as much pride in detail as they do here. As I said in the beginning of this post, not many people really take the time to stand in awe of architectural design and process, nor do they think twice about what goes into the making of such a building, but even if you aren’t as dorky as I am about this, I hope that you leave with a better understanding of Apple as a company (not just as the maker of iPhones and iPads, etc), and understand that they are doing a great work in the world to help sustain the world we live in. Below you’ll find a few more pictures containing other views of Apple Park! Hope you enjoyed the sights!