In 2011, Steve Jobs brought a characteristically bold proposal to the Cupertino City Council. His goal? Create the best office building in the world.
Now, nearly 5 years later, the massive, futuristic form of Apple’s Campus 2 is taking shape. Nicknamed “The Spaceship,” the main building resembles a cross between a flying saucer and a particle accelerator. Nearly a mile in circumference, the mammoth circular structure will house nearly 3 million square feet of floor space.
All that indoor space will be dwarfed by the lush landscapes outside, however. Once the campus is complete, 80 percent of the site will be composed of green space. 7,000 native trees will be planted throughout the campus, the species of which have been carefully chosen based on their drought tolerance and resilience. Fruit trees will be used to supply the cafeteria with fresh produce.
Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of the campus is that it will be powered entirely by renewable sources of energy. 700,000 square feet of solar panels will work in conjunction with low carbon biofuels to provide the building with clean, sustainable energy. It will also utilize a natural ventilation system that allows the main structure to function without heating or air conditioning for 75 percent of the year. To minimize water consumption, over 150,000 gallons of recycled water will be pumped to the campus every day.
The total cost of the project is estimated at roughly $5 billion. If you’d like to learn more about Apple Campus 2, you can check out the complete project description here.
Here at Construction Protection Systems we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the growth of one of America’s most innovative and influential companies. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield – the original, reusable door protection system.