Details, Delays Announced For New Apple Campus

The “landing” of the vast, UFO-like mothership being planned for Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., may have to wait another year. Late design changes that were submitted from Apple in November will likely delay the completion of the city’s environmental impact review until June 2013, according to a report from Venture Beat.

As a result, ground may not be broken on the 176-acre site until 2014, pushing the estimated completion date from 2015 to 2016. However, the updated plans for the Apple Campus 2 Project, recently released by the city of Cupertino, shed some more light on the many green characteristics that are still planned for the circular campus that is expected to house more than 13,000 employees.

Apple Campus 2

Image via city of Cupertino

Apple says it is committing to use 100 percent renewable energy for the entire campus, with several net-zero energy buildings being planned. Energy reduction features include on-site power generation from fuel cells, biogas and 8 mW of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. Passive heating and cooling systems aid the natural ventilation of the structures.

In total, the campus will have about 20 percent more usable square footage than had existed on the site, previously owned by HP, but will also include nearly three times as much landscaped area by replacing most of the ground-level parking lots with underground garages, thus reducing the site’s heat-island effect and improving drainage. Throughout the facility, Apple plans to provide 300 electric vehicle charging stations.

Green spaces on the campus will include native drought-tolerant vegetation, along with more than 6,000 new trees that will planted among the 1,000 trees that are already on site.

By co-locating many services, the design will improve efficiency and reduce the amount of intra-campus needed to get around. There will also be a 60,000-square-foot restaurant on site with a capacity of 2,100 employees, plus various outdoor dining locations for another 1,750 workers.

Future plans currently under consideration, Apple says, include negotiations with local water districts to supply the site with recycled water from the nearby city of Sunnyvale. The site is also planning on installing low-flow water fixtures that could reduce water usage to 30 percent below the typical commercial development of this size in Silicon Valley.

Although Apple has currently achieved a 78 percent waste diversion rate at its existing headquarters,, the company plans to expand its waste management program at Apple Campus 2 by either recycling or reusing construction and demolition waste as the structures are built.

Randy Woods is a Seattle-based writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in the business publishing world. A former managing editor of Seattle Business, iSixSigma, Claims and Waste Age magazines, he has covered topics that include newspaper publishing, entrepreneurism, green businesses, insurance, environmental protection and garbage hauling (yes, really). He also contributes to the Career Center Blog for The Seattle Times and edits a photography magazine called PhotoMedia. When not working, he likes to hide out in Seattle movie theaters and attend film festivals—even on sunny days.