Apple's Newly Planned Headquarters is Pentagon-Big

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Ask yourself, is it good that a company headquarters is roughly the size of the Pentagon? Or should that be a red flag? I jest. Somewhat. But that's basically the size of Apple's new building, proposed by CEO Steve Jobs, although a bit of a smaller footprint overall. Check out the graphic below from the Mercury News. In a presentation before the Cupertino City Council on June 7 (see here), Jobs said, "Apple's growing like a weed."

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He said they have almost 12,000 people in the area and were renting buildings at an ever greater radius from their campus. They have a plan that allows them to stay in Cupertino and "continue to pay taxes." Apple bought some land formerly owned by Hewlett Packard, and have designed an unsual building.

"It's a little like a spaceship landed," Jobs told the council. Here's what the building will have:

  • 4 stories high
  • 3.1 million square foot sphere of glass
  • energy-generating center
  • 150 acres of land
  • capable of holding 12,000
  • auditorium
  • employee gym
  • cafeteria that can hold 3,000 people
  • some aboveground but mostly underground parking
  • research facilities
  • move-in: 2015
  • 6,000 trees and apricot orchards
  • 80 percent of the land will be landscaped

Credit: Youtube Screen grab; Mercury News