Apple Campus 2 Overview Updated August 5, 2016

Apple Campus 2

Apple's under construction Campus 2 will become the company's new headquarters in 2017

  • 2.8 million sq ft of office space
  • 176-acre campus
  • Separate on-site R&D facilities
  • 100,000 sq ft. fitness centre
  • Underground 1000-seat “Apple Theater” auditorium
  • Will run on 100% renewable energy
  • Apple hired architects Foster+Partners for the project
  • Expected move in date: 2017

First announced by Steve Jobs in 2006, Apple kicked off construction on its new 176-acre “Campus 2” in late 2013 and expects to move in around 12,000 of its employees when the project is complete in early 2017. The campus located approximately one mile east of its current headquarters in Cupertino, California is also often referred to as the Apple “Spaceship” due to the appearance of the site’s main circular building.

Apple currently plans to wrap up construction by late 2016, and CEO Tim Cook confirmed earlier this year that the company is still on track to move into the new 2.8 million sq ft location by early next year. Apple is also expected to host future press events and product unveilings at its new Apple Theatre auditorium located on the campus.

Head below for the latest Campus 2 stories, and check out recent photos, drone videos and news in our ongoing Apple Campus 2 Construction Progress Timeline.

77 Apple Campus 2 stories

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Apple Campus 2 Stories August 5

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The latest Apple Campus 2 drone footage from Matthew Roberts shows the huge dirt pyramid shrinking as the earth is starting to be used for landscaping work.

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Apple Campus 2 Stories August 4

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Following the discovery in June that Apple set up an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, with plans to sell off its excess renewable energy, SiliconBeat reports that the company today received approval to begin doing so.

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Apple Campus 2 Stories June 30

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One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks. 

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Apple Campus 2 Stories June 13

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We’re following construction progress of Apple’s Campus 2 via a series of drone videos and renders, but Popular Science got invited in for a closer look at some of the unique features of the building.

The piece starts out with some stats, among them that there are around 3,000 sheets of glass, the heaviest of which weighs 7000 pounds. And it’s the glass that’s been one of the great challenges of the project …

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Apple Campus 2 Stories June 9

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Update: John Weaver did a deeper dive on this over at Electrek

Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US.

[Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that it wants to ensure that its solar farms generate sufficient power to meet its needs. Because the sun only shines during the day obviously, Apple needs to shift its generation and its usage. Data centers need to go 24/7. Apple Stores are open in the evening. Apple has alternatives for this at its campus (see Fuel Cell generation below) but if it wants to operate 100% renewable, it has to “trade” overcapacity during the middle of the day for “net-metered” energy during the evening or cloudy days.

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Apple’s Cupertino Campus 2 Photovoltaics are rated at 14 megawatts alone.

But a set of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings suggests that Apple could have bigger ambitions in the power field …

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Apple Campus 2 Stories May 31

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Apple has made quite a lot of progress on its under construction “Campus 2” set to become the company’s new headquarters when complete around the end of the year. Since last checking in a month ago, a video update published today by Matthew Roberts for June shows continued progress on the roof of the main circular spaceship building, including a look at the heating and cooling systems installed throughout, and what looks to be some new outdoor areas surrounding the entrance of the underground theatre. Head below for a look at progress made in recent weeks.  expand full story

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