1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    Apple’s chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, said his company “can’t wait” to get started on the massive Campus 2 undertaking at a press conference recently. For those of you who didn’t know, the Campus 2 was granted final approval by the Cupertino City Council earlier this week. The scheduled press conference announced the city council’s decision to give Apple the go-ahead to start construction of its so-called “spaceship campus.”

    Oppenheimer told the small gather at Cupertino’s Community Hall the following:

    This is a very special moment for us at Apple, We have put a tremendous amount of love and energy into this campus, and we can't wait to get started building it.
    The Apple exec also noted that Apple would be maintaining residence at its current campus located a few miles away.

    The ordeal echoed a sentiment made by Jobs when he first revealed the project in 2011. Oppenheimer said the huge circular main building will be the “best office building ever built in the world.” The central structure, covering 2.8 million square feet, will reach four stories high, feature an interior made exclusively from the “heartwood” of a specific species of maple tree and be wrapped by gigantic curved glass window panes.

    Apple’s plan was said to be $2 billion over the original $3 billion budget due to the intricate design and construction. The ballooning costs caused a delay as architects looked for a way to trim $1 billion from the build. When asked about the budget, Oppenheimer said “we’re going to spend the right amount of money on this.” He continued by explaining that a balance would be struck between being responsible spenders to Apple shareholders and building a campus that will facilitate collaboration.

    There are said to be ancillary office buildings alongside the “spaceship”, while revised plans from April noted a 120,000 square-foot underground auditorium, above and below ground parking, bike paths, reconfigured public streets and pedestrian walkways, among several other enhancements. Also of note is the environmental friendless of the campus, which is said to generate 70% of its own energy from solar and fuel cell installments, while the rest is planned to be purchased from plants specializing in renewable resources.

    Although a concrete finish date hasn’t been set, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that Apple plans to complete construction and move in by 2016.

    Those of you interested in watching the video of the press conference can do so below:

    Source: Cupertino

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    2013-10-18 12:01 PM
  2. bigboyz's Avatar
    Can't wait to see the final.
    2013-10-18 03:10 PM