Apple has been awarded temporary certificates of occupancy for two of the buildings at its new Americas Operations Center in Austin, Texas, and another four buildings are currently in the occupancy review process. That doesn't, however, mean the campus is finished because two more buildings and two parking garages are still on the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker's to-do list.
Apple ready to open Austin's Americas Operations Center
Apple's January 8 Austin Small and Minority Business Resources report showed the company has invested US$27.1 million in the project so far, according to the Austin Business Journal. It has committed to investing at least $282 million and bringing 3,600 jobs to Austin as part of a tax incentive deal cut with the city and state.
The project will cost Apple at least $56.5 million by the end of 2015 when it completes the first phase of the project. The second phase, scheduled to end in 2021, will cost the company another $226 million.
Texas, Travis County, and the city of Austin gave Apple a 10-year $21 million tax incentive package to help bring new jobs to the area. Austin contributed $8.6 million in incentives, Travis County offered up $6.4 million, and the State covered the remainder. Construction started in late 2012.
Once completed, the facility will include over a million square feet of office space in seven buildings and three parking garages with 5,500 spaces.