Ngebray.com,- “And when we’re done we plan to use both campuses. We plan to keep the one we have and have a new one. And we will be able to hopefully fit all of our folks on both of them. And we’re pretty thrilled, and I just wanted to tell you about it”. That was the statement of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder. He may have left the world in 2011, but his influence on the tech giant is still being felt, and far beyond the newest iPhones or other product releases.
Apple announcing Wednesday that Apple Park, the company’s new 175 acre campus envisioned by Job as quote, a center for creativity and collaboration, unquote, will be ready for employees to move in April. The move, which involvevs 12,000 employees moving to the Cupertino, California site over 6 months, will take place as Apple continues construction of the site’s buildings and park lands through the summer.
Apple hasn’t disclosed the cost of the new campus, but reports have put it in the range of $3 billion to $5 billion. Located in the middle of Santa Clara Valley, the ring shaped campus is most hailed for its 2.8 million square foot main building that features, quote, the worlds largest panels of curved glass, unquote, according to the company.
The new campus has sentimental value for Apple, which made the announcement in the days before what had have been Job’s 62nd birthday on Friday, February 24. The company says it’s naming the 1,000 seat theater on the campus, The Steve Jobs Theater, noting that Jobs saw that designing an environment conducive to high levels of creativity, as critical to fostering the collaborative environment at Apple. Jobs called his vision for 12,000 people working in one building odd, and helped cement it in the public imagination as a flying saucer, by describing it as, quote, a little bit like a spaceship, unquote. Quote, Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us.
Steve intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come, said Apple CEO Tim Cook. The park land surrounding the campus offer two miles of walking and running patches, for employees, and an orchard and a meadow and pond. Beyond featuring signature Apple design cubes throughout the campus, Jobs also promoted an environmentally friendly vision, which includes 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees and is powered by renewable energy. The site features one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world, and is also projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year, as the world’s largest naturally ventilated building.
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