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Following approval of Apple’s plans for its new “spaceship campus” by the City of Cupertino’s Planning authority earlier this month, the Cupertino City Council has just given its unanimous approval to the project at its recent October meeting. The approval came after more than six hours of discussion this evening, with many statements of support and the occational expressions of concern from members of the community, the approval was met with significant applause by those in attendance at the meeting.
Today’s planning approval is nearly final, pending any appeals for reconsideration, which must be filed within ten days. If no appeals are received within that period, Apple will be granted permission to begin demolition of the former HP building currently located on the site, as well as utility relocation, tree removal, and construction of a temporary sound wall. The formal agreement between Apple and the City of Cupertino must be given a second public reading, scheduled for the council’s meeting on 19th November, and Apple’s full set of permits would go into effect the following day.
Apple’s plans for Phase 1 of the project call for a 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building with an underground parking facility for nearly 2,400 vehicles, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium, a main parking structure with space for nearly 6,000 vehicles, and assorted other minor facilities. A second phase of construction would consist of 600,000 additional square feet of office and research and development buildings, as well as other parking and energy generation facilities.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a Tweet about the approval, interestingly quoting the title of our own article on the topic.
Apple’s proposed Apple Campus 2, now in the final planning stages, can be seen in detail in new model photos below. The 4-story circular building, which Steve Jobs famously described as “like a spaceship,” encompasses more than 2.8 million square feet and is designed to house upwards of 12,000 employees.
As seen in the model, the campus includes the main spaceship building with curved glass windows and polished concrete ceilings, several auxiliary buildings, a massive parking structure topped with solar panels, an underground parking lot, and a huge number of trees. In addition to the main working area, the plans include an auditorium for events, a fitness center, and additional space for research and development. Apple’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Oppenheimer, was on hand to give some details about the campus.
“You see the energy and the love and the attention to detail that we’ve put into this,” he told this newspaper during a sneak-peek of a top-secret, living-room sized model of the building. “We have treated this project just as we would any Apple product. And this will be a place for the most creative and collaborative teams in the industry to innovate for decades to come.”
“The concept of the building,” said Oppenheimer, “is collaboration and fluidity. It’ll provide a very open-spaced system, so that at one point in the day you may be in offices on one side of the circle and find yourself on the other side later that day.”
Though only the main buildings will be constructed during the first phase of the project, Apple has plans to add additional buildings to house extra employees at some point in the future.
Following an early October approval from the Cupertino Planning Commission, the campus is still subject to a vote from the Cupertino city council on October 15 and a final vote on November 19. If all parties involved approve the construction, Apple will remain on track for a 2016 debut of the new structure.
Apple has begun sending out brochures asking residents of Cupertino to support the new Apple campus by emailing the Cupertino city council and attending the October 15 vote. The company says that it intends to break ground shortly after the campus is approved.
Update: The City of Cupertino has posted a nearly three-hour video of the October 1 session discussing Apple’s Environmental Impact report on the new campus project. The session includes a presentation by Apple Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilies Dan Whisenhunt, with a brief overview video beginning at the 8:15 mark in the session video.