Apple is known to be the world’s second largest manufacturer of computers and consumer electronics, and one of the most profitable companies thanks to their benchmarker, the iPhone. This coming April, April plans to launch their new campus in honor of the late Steve Jobs who would have turned 62 in Febuary 24. This is set in Santa Clara Valley Cupertino, California where the 175-acre campus will move more than 12,000 people over the next six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer. The park was designed in collaboration with Fosters + Partners with a budget of over $5 billion. Several drones have been hovering and keeping track of the progress of the Apple Park but Apple has released an official update of the development. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass and are now putting shape.
The new Apple Park will house a theater and will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building. The design of the Apple Park centered on creating a haven of greeneries, with over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It is also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year. Aside from the theater, the Apple Park will also have a Visitors Center with an Apple Store and Cafes for the public to enjoy. There will also be a. 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, and a secure research and development facilities.
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The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds. With the extensive budget laced on this project, it is now hailed more expensive than the world trade center. Who wouldn’t be off budget with the choice of materials used? The UFO-shaped structure was scheduled to be finished by end of 2016, but it seems like the project went through some delays and are pushing for the early 2017 deadline. This project was announced in 2011 where Steve Jobs last appeared before passing away that same year. Once opened, this is said to be the “most expensive office in the world”. Steve Jobs have greatly envisioned this project coming to life in the future as he poured so much effort, talent and ideas into visualizing a unique environment for his people. Not only will the employees benefit from a very conducive environment to work in, the company itself will truly benefit from it all as the people behind it will release full potential in their tasks.