Even as it is working on building a new campus in Cupertino, Apple has been acquiring existing space in nearby Sunnyvale in the meantime. An estimated 215,000 square feet in the Sunnyvale Research Center has been rented by Apple and is expected to be occupied by the end of the first quarter of 2012.
While this expansion is outside Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, the new space in Sunnyvale is a short seven miles, or 12 minutes driving time, from the existing campus. It is expected that it will house around 860 people eventually, but it is unclear whether this space is intended for new hires or transfers from existing Apple offices.
The San Jose Mercury News also reports that Apple has not only secured the four buildings at the Research Center, but has picked up two additional Sunnyvale buildings totaling 100,000 square feet and capable of housing another 420 people. These building are in the process of being remodeled.
It is believed that Apple is continuing to look for more space in Sunnyvale, up to a total of 800,000 square feet. That would be enough room for as many as 3,200 workers.
To put that in perspective, Apple’s second campus, the spaceship building, is an estimated 2.8 million square feet and will house around 13,000 employees when it is completed in 2015.