Apple Set To Build Spaceship-Like Campus
Apple has plans to build a new campus with a circular building, that looks a lot like a spaceship. The new building will be based in Cupertino, near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and will house 12,000 Apple employees. Apple claims that the building is necessary to keep up with the company’s growth.
The lot was purchased from HP as the company had to downsize during the recession. Steve Jobs said it was same property he once worked at when he was offered a job at HP in 1969, and that the lot had a special place in his heart.
Apple will build an energy center that will power the entire campus, and rely on the grid for backup power. The green building will use natural gases and cleaner energy to fuel the technology. The company also wants to landscape 80% of the new campus, increasing the tree count from 3,700 to 6,000 trees.
Although the majority of the city’s council was happy, one council member, Kristy Wang, asked Steve Jobs whether Apple would provide free WiFi to benefit city residents. Jobs said the free WiFi bandwagon had passed. Jobs also said “I’m a simpleton. I’ve always had this view that we pay taxes and the city should do those things. If we can get out of paying taxes, I’d be glad to put up Wi-Fi.”