Cupertino on New Apple Campus: No Chance We’re Saying No

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Earlier this week Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented his company’s proposed new campus to the Cupertino city council, and Mayor Gilbert Wong has replied with an enthusiastic “Yes.” The Mayor said the city will be working with Apple to make sure that the project can move forward.

Mayor Wong digs Apple's spaceship campusMayor Wong says Cupertino is onboard with new Apple campus

“Cupertino is ready for this,” Mr. Wong said. “There’s no chance we’re saying no.”

The proposed new campus includes about 150 acres off Wolfe Road in Cupertino, and will house a four-story spaceship-like building that’s big enough to accommodate between 12,000 and 13,000 employees. According to Mr. Jobs, the campus will be environmentally friendly, offer underground parking, and the grounds will include more trees after construction than are on site now.

“I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,” Mr. Jobs said.

Apple's proposed spaceship campusApple’s proposed “spaceship” campus

Mr. Wong said the city council will complete their review process in fall 2012 and Apple will be able to begin construction shortly thereafter. The new campus should be completed some time in 2015.

“The Mothership has landed in Cupertino,” Mr. Wong said.

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CityGuide

On one hand, it’s an inefficient design from a traditional workflow point of view. It costs more to build. Its layout ensures no other companies can share the space inside the walls.

On the other, it’s elegant, unique and is a manifestation of the “walled-garden” concept.

It’s Apple to the core.

Lee Dronick

See this story about an existing cylindrical building in Nyon Switzerland.

...The building is heated and cooled using a hybrid system consisting of a geothermal heat pump (35 downhole heat exchangers each at a depth of 200 metres) and solar thermal energy system, the excess heat from which is transformed by a Yazaki absorption refrigerator into cooling energy to cool the offices in summer…In addition to the 90 vacuum tube collectors, around 200 square metres of photovoltaic panels with an output of 30 kW are also mounted on the building?s flat roof. These provide sufficient power to cover the building?s electrical base load…

Read more at http://www.yazaki-airconditioning.com/en/news/uefa.html

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