Construction Continues on Apple Park as April Opening Draws Near

The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

📅   Thu March 30, 2017 - National Edition
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Apple Park, previously known as Apple Campus 2, will be located in Cupertino, California. Employees will begin to move into to Apple's new headquarters as early as April 2017.
Apple Park, previously known as Apple Campus 2, will be located in Cupertino, California. Employees will begin to move into to Apple's new headquarters as early as April 2017.
Apple Park, previously known as Apple Campus 2, will be located in Cupertino, California. Employees will begin to move into to Apple's new headquarters as early as April 2017. Via Apple. Via Apple.

Apple announced recently that Apple Park, the company's new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus' ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass.

Steve would have turned 62 on February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.

“Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”

Apple Park will also include a visitors center with an Apple Store and cafe open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, secure research and development facilities and the Steve Jobs Theater. The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring's interior grounds.

Recent drone footage shows solar panel installation, landscaping preparations (including work done on the center pond area.) and the Tantau Avenue garage nearing completion. Features like the "Steve Jobs Theater" will be opened this summer.