You know that giant spaceship campus Apple is building in Cupertino? Well Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer sent out a packet to neighborhood residents pumping up the virtues of the new campus--in an Apple way.
The huge circle will be awesome of course, and it will have a "world class" auditorium where plenty of future Apple events will take place. It'll also have restaurants, a fitness center, and other amenities to mitigate the traffic spike that a 13,000 employee research center is bound to create.
It sounds amazing, but it's totally closed off to the public. It won't have a public gift shop, museum, or guided tours. That's simply Apple. They'll build something in your backyard and cause your days to be a little more annoying, but it'll be amazing. Oh, and you're not allowed near it.
The Cupertino will go over the plans later this year, and if everything else gets approved, Apple will break ground in 2015. Here's some of the info obtained from a letter one of Apple's new neighbours received:
1. Campus 2, as it is currently called, will not replace the 1 Infinite Loop campus. Instead, it will provide “research facility” office space for an additional 13,000 employees, which is more than 3,000 than 1 Infinite Loop. There is also 300,000 feet of expansion space for future growth.
2. Campus 2 will attain LEED certification and will have no manufacturing or heavy industrial activity onsite. Apple has and will continue to take extra steps to reduce auto use by employees. Moreover, the roof of the main building is a huge solar array.
3. Campus 2 will not open to the public, so there is no museum or corporate store.
4. The “world class” auditorium located at the very southern tip of the new campus will host product launches and corporate events.
5. The corporate fitness center/recreation center will be located to the north west of the main circular building in a separate structure.
6. Infinite Loop will remain the official corporate HQ, so top executives will likely stay behind.
7. Apple intends to break ground as soon as Cupertino approves the changes (scheduled for later this year), with plans to start occupying the space in 2015.
Following their received packages, neighbours can fill out postage paid response cards or go to the Cupertino.org website with any concerns, comments or questions.