Apple’s Spaceship Campus ‘Apple Park’ Opens To Employees In April Completing Steve Jobs' Vision

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Apple is nearing completion of its spaceship campus, which first began construction over two years ago. Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs spoke before the Cupertino, California city council in June 2011 to get the ball rolling for the new Apple headquarters, which today has been officially christened “Apple Park”.

Apple Park, which was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, sits on 175 acres of land and will see the first employees stream into its doors in April. There are currently roughly 12,000 people working at Apple’s current HQ at 1 Infinite Loop, and it will take six months to transfer all of those employees to Apple Park.

To honor their late and famed CEO, Apple Park’s theater will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. It is capable of holding 1,000 people and it topped off by a 20-foot tall glass cylinder with a carbon-fiber roof.

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Steve Jobs Theater

But that’s not all that Apple Park will have to offer. As its name implies, there will be plenty of outdoorsy activities to partake in, including over two miles of walking trails to navigate as well as an apple orchard and a pond to gaze at. There will also be over 9,000 native trees planted in an around Apple Park. And for those that like “workin’ on their fitness”, a 100,000 square-foot workout center has been incorporated into the facility.

Apple Park is 100 percent powered by renewable energy, which it can owe partly to its solar panel roof, which provides 17 megawatts of peak power. And as you might expect, Apple Park was designed with power efficiency in mind, as it is “the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year,” according to Apple.

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“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said current Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”

“Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products,” added Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. “Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together.”

Final construction on Apple Park and its surrounding grounds is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.