Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ gets final approval
Apple has received final approval for its “spaceship” HQ, as long as it agrees to increase the amount it pays in taxes to the City of Cupertino, California.
The new headquarters – informally known as the “spaceship campus” due to its oval shape – won a unanimous vote from Cupertino’s council, and will receive its full set of building permits today.
Following the vote which gives the 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped building the all clear, Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney said: “We’re eager to see it happen. Go for it.”
Mayor Mahoney added: “This item was one of many negotiated between Apple and the city of Cupertino as part of the development agreement.
“The Apple 2 campus is expected to have long-term impacts on the city with respect to traffic and other issues and Apple agreed to a financial offset for some of those impacts.”
Apple has already received permits allowing it to begin demolishing the former HP campus which is on the site.
As part of the agreement, Apple has agreed to increase it's tax payments in the form of a reduction of the sales tax rebate that the company receives each year from the city.
Cupertino had funded 50pc of the sales taxes it received from Apple-related purchases, but this will be lowered to 35 per cent in future.
Apple now has to clear the 176 acres of land, including 26 current buildings on the site, and will transform the land from 80 per cent concrete to just 20 per cent.
The four-story building, designed by Lord Norman Foster, will house 13,000 Apple employees, and most of the car parking will be underground, leaving room for 6,000 indigenous trees.
It will be powered by renewable energy sourced from fuel cell plants and rooftop photovoltaic arrays.
Due to advanced natural ventilation and radiant cooling, air conditioning will not be necessary for most of the year.
Campus 2 also boasts and 100,000 square foot fitness centre and a 120,000 square foot auditorium.
The building had originally been scheduled to open in 2015, but due to delays it is now expected to open in mid-2016.