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

  • energy-generating center

  • 150 acres of land

  • capable of holding 12,000

  • auditorium

  • employee gym

  • cafeteria that can hold 3,000 people

  • some aboveground but mostly underground parking

  • research facilities

  • move-in: 2015

  • 6,000 trees and apricot orchards

  • 80 percent of the land will be landscaped

Credit: Youtube Screen grab; Mercury News