New drone footage shows just how giant Apple’s new campus really is.
Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield, who has been posting monthly updates of the construction site since October of last year, published his latest video on Monday and from the looks of it the new Cupertino, Calif.-based campus is coming together quickly.
Specifically, it looks like the underground parking structure, which is beneath the ring-shaped building, is complete and now the floors to the building are actually going up.
The campus sprawls some 175 acres and is composed of several buildings. The largest spaceship-like building is 2.8 million square feet and will house more than 12,000 employees. There will also be a 120,000-square-foot auditorium, which will seat 1,000 people, and a dedicated 300,000 square-foot space for research and development facilities.
Apple is also aiming to make all of its new buildings “net-zero energy” — meaning that it will create as much renewable energy that it consumes on an annually basis. To help in this effort, the new campus will boast some 700,000 square feet of solar panels.
Despite the fact that the new Cupertino campus is not expected to be finished by 2017, the company has reportedly already signed a lease for another 18-acre new campus, that is currently underdevelopment, in Sunnyvale, Calif.
According to a report Friday by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the tech giant has agreed to lease a campus with three buildings totaling 777,100 square feet of space. And like its Cupertino counterpart, the Sunnyvale campus also has a futuristic design.
Each building is six stories, has a curvaceous shape, and has an enclosed garden in the center. There’s also a rooftop garden that connects all three buildings.
The new campus also includes enhanced sustainable features, including reclaimed water use system and the potential for solar energy system to be installed. Read more about the possible new Sunnyvale campus here.
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