October 16, 2013
See update below. The full Cupertino, Calif. city council has given approval for Apple’s “spaceship campus.” The unanimous approval followed more than six hours of discussion. Members of the public will now have 10 days to file a petition for reconsideration before Apple is granted ancillary permits. Assuming that no petitions are filed, the city council must vote to approve the plan a second time on Nov. 19. Apple’s full set of permits would go into effect the following day, according to MacRumors. First envisioned by Steve Jobs, Apple’s “Campus 2” will be located on the former HP campus. In Phase 1, the project calls for a 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building. The facility will include an underground parking facility for nearly 2,400 vehicles, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. A second phase of construction would add 600,000 additional square feet of space. Fosters + Partners were handpicked by Jobs to design the new campus. In April, the London-based firm replaced 8 Inc as Cupertino’s primary architect, and is tasked with designing new Apple retail stores. Apple plans to open Campus 2 in 2016. Update: Tim Cook has weighed in on the city council decision. On his Twitter account, the Apple CEO noted, "Our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come. Cupertino City Council Gives Unanimous Approval for Apple's New Campus."
Our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come. Cupertino City Council Gives Unanimous Approval for Apple's New Campus— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 16, 2013