Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs presented his idea for a new Apple campus at the Cupertino City Council this week.
Jobs wants to build one building that holds 12,000 Apple employees on a former Hewlett-Packard property in Cupertino. ”It’s a little like a spaceship landed,” Jobs says.
Jobs begins the presentation referring to the fact that Apple is growing like a weed, and that its current campus at D’Anza and the 280 isn’t enough currently — fitting only about 2,800 people. Apple currently rents buildings to house its other 9,200 employees in the area.
Apple purchased about 150 acres from Hewlett Packard, which is now apricot orchards and has come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one four story high building.
Apple is using its experience building retail stores and will create a large scale piece of glass if the proposal goes through. “There’s not a single straight piece of glass in this building,” Jobs says. The parking will be underground. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.