We’ve known for quite some time that Apple’s been working on a secondary campus where employees and members of the company will work out of. Formally, the new location was dubbed Apple Campus 2. But now, the company has announced an official title: Apple Park.
Apple notes it’ll take over six months to move all 12,000 employees to Apple Park found within the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, but the company says the process will begin as early as April.
Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.
There’s also a new auditorium the company is naming Steve Jobs Theater which is obviously named after Apple’s famed co-founder.
Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.
Getting into the specs of the new building, Apple Park contains 2.8 million square feet of space, built on top of 175 acres of land. It uses the world’s largest panels of curved glass around its entire ring shape, while 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power the entire complex using 100% renewable energy. The Steve Jobs Theater sits up to 1,000 visitors and features a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder entrance met with a carbon fiber roof. There’s also a full-fledge Apple Store and café for visitors to enjoy, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees alongside secure research and development facilities, parklands that offer two miles of walking and running paths, and an orchard, meadow and pond found within the campus’ internal grounds. Apple notes this is “the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.” The company goes on to say Apple Park “replaces 5 million-square-feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees.”
CEO Tim Cook had the following to say regarding both Apple Park and the new Steve Jobs Theater.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
- SOURCE: Apple