Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once called the humongous campus a spaceship. So you might think the forthcoming circle-shaped Cupertino headquarters would carry a grandiose name befitting a potential signature Silicon Valley landmark.
But nope, just call it plain old Apple Campus 2.
The company's first project blueprints, released before the plan's inaugural hearing Thursday, show Apple has christened its second home base the same way it would brand a new version of its iProducts.
"I think it makes sense to call it Apple 2," Mayor Gilbert Wong said Wednesday. "They have iPad 1 and iPad 2; iPhone 1 and iPhone 2. This building is probably going to have much more innovative technologies and products than what
And just like a new gadget, the company may not be done upgrading. Wong said Apple executives have told him the company is expanding so fast that it expects to start working on Apple Campus 3 at an unknown location after they finish the second headquarters in 2015. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on plans for a third campus.
Apple's planning documents filed with the city show its new office is now expected to be busier than first thought. The 176-acre campus is set to house up to 13,000 employees, or 1,000 more than Jobs first suggested when he publicly unveiled the plans in June.
And, if that isn't enough, it may even come with a sculpture of Jobs himself, as
In documents filed with the city, Apple described the campus in glowing language.
"Create a distinctive and inspiring 21st Century workplace," it says, a "serene and secure environment reflecting Apple's values of innovation, ease of use, and beauty."
The circular design, it says, is in part to "respect Apple's security needs (in part through perimeter protection)."
At Thursday's meeting, city officials will for the first time ask residents what issues should be examined as part of a lengthy study of the project's effects. Extra traffic and parked vehicles are expected to be the biggest worries of residents in Cupertino, as well as neighboring Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.
It's the start of an extensive planning process that is projected to end with approval of the project in late 2012, and the start of construction in 2013. Apple is asking the city for 13 different approvals, including permission to remove trees, buy a street that cuts through the property so it can demolish it, and change zoning restrictions that require a section of the site at Homestead and Wolfe
Jobs in November privately pitched the plans to Wong and Councilwoman Kris Wang, and city officials are clearly on board.
"Even though (Jobs') health is not really fantastic, his mind is crystal clear," Wong said. "He had a strong vision for what he wants to leave as a legacy for his company."
Apple said in its filing that it has hired two local consultants -- Kier & Wright planners, of Santa Clara, and Arup engineers in San Francisco -- to team with its infamous London-based architect, Foster + Partners.
The documents show a 2.8 million-square-foot circular building that will reach 57 feet high at its peak. Interestingly, Wong said it appears from the plans that all offices in the main building will be the same size, even for executives.
Also in the plans: A 25,000-square-foot corporate fitness center, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a self-proclaimed "striking café" and 10,500 parking spots. In addition to the main building, there will be five smaller plots of land hosting research buildings and an energy plant.
Cupertino city officials will hold a hearing on the Apple Campus 2 project from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Cupertino Community Hall, 103500 Torre Ave. A live broadcast will stream at cupertino.org/webcast.
Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705.
Apple's new campus, by the numbers
176 acres over six properties
10,500 parking spots
25,000-square-foot fitness center
300,000 square feet of research facilities
57-foot high at its peak
By the numbers
acres over six
seats in auditorium
of fitness center
of research facility
feet high at its peak