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."
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