Apple has another update for its planned super campus. Fans and followers of the high-tech giant can view the latest development plans on the city of Cupertino's website.
Earlier this week, the city released the revised project plans for Apple's new four-story, ring-shaped campus slated to land in the coming years at the Hewlett-Packard space along Pruneridge Avenue and Homestead Road.
The latest update shows new schematics of the campus layout, including proposed locations for a parking structure, corporate auditorium, employee fitness center and an energy plant. The plans show how the Hewlett-Packard campus and a section of Pruneridge Avenue will transform into a fully enclosed Apple fortress.
The single, ring-shaped building will take up approximately 2.8 million square feet over four stories. An on-site, low-carbon central plant--proposed to sit alongside Interstate 280--will supply the majority of the power needed for the campus. There will also be 300,000 square feet of space devoted to research facilities located near North Tantau Avenue.
According to the plans, the new campus will house 14,200 employees, many of them engineers and support personnel, and there will be a parking garage that can accommodate more than 4,000 cars.
For the architecturally savvy, the update includes the latest floor plans for the campus.
The plans also detail how motorists and visitors will be able to enter the complex. Apple is aiming to eliminate a portion of Pruneridge Avenue and enclose the campus for security reasons.
The corporate auditorium will be separate from the main campus and will be partially underground, according to the schematics.
Apple has also applied for streamlined environmental review with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. The campus will aim for LEED certification and will not have any manufacturing or heavy industry.
The updated plans show how Apple hopes to turn the mostly asphalt HP campus into a lush and green hideaway that influences employee thinking. About 120 acres of green space will help blend the campus into the landscaping. An amphitheater is planned at the center of the ring.
Last month, Apple reached out to neighbors by sending out a brochure outlining the project. It contained a letter from Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and urged residents to fill out an included postage-paid response card to submit comments and questions.
Apple and city officials said during a September environmental impact report study session that the project could come before the City Council in late 2012. If approved in 2012, the new campus could open as early as 2015.
visit the city of Cupertino website: http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1107