Ask yourself, is it good that a company headquarters is roughly the size of the Pentagon? Or should that be a red flag? I jest. Somewhat. But that's basically the size of Apple's new building, proposed by CEO Steve Jobs, although a bit of a smaller footprint overall. Check out the graphic below from the Mercury News. In a presentation before the Cupertino City Council on June 7 (see here), Jobs said, "Apple's growing like a weed."
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He said they have almost 12,000 people in the area and were renting buildings at an ever greater radius from their campus. They have a plan that allows them to stay in Cupertino and "continue to pay taxes." Apple bought some land formerly owned by Hewlett Packard, and have designed an unsual building.
"It's a little like a spaceship landed," Jobs told the council. Here's what the building will have:
4 stories high
3.1 million square foot sphere of glass
150 acres of land
capable of holding 12,000
cafeteria that can hold 3,000 people
some aboveground but mostly underground parking
6,000 trees and apricot orchards
80 percent of the land will be landscaped
Credit: Youtube Screen grab; Mercury News