Citizens of Cupertino, Calif., prepare for a spaceship landing in your city in the near future.
This is because Cupertino mayor Gilbert Wong overwhelmingly approved Steve Jobs' plans to build a new, futuristic spaceship like headquarters. Wong said there is no chance that we're saying no in regards to Apple's plans to building the space ship headquarters. Jobs actually stopped by the Cupertino City Council to personally talk about Apple's plans for the spaceship like building.
The circular building will be 150-acres, or 3.1 million square feet, and be shaped like a circle. It will be a single building for 12,000 employees. Jobs told the council they are looking to break ground next year and move in by 2015. The land was actually formerly property of Hewlett-Packard. Apple bought the land in 2009.
It's a circle and so it's curved all the way around. As you know if you build things this is not the cheapest way to build something. There's not a straight piece of glass on this building...we've used our experience in making retail buildings all over the world now. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use, and we want to make the glass specifically for this particular building here...it's pretty cool, Jobs said to the council, as if he were pitching another Apple product.
Wong said the process has already begun as Apple submitted its plans to the city's planning and building department. After saying there would be no way they'd say no, he did clarify that anything could happen. There will be various reviews and the first public hearing will likely be next year. However, he was fairly confident Apple would be able to get it done.
It is a major project. It's going to look like something similar to like the Pentagon. And this is something that's not going to be built overnight, but we're ready to accommodate, Wong said.
Obviously, Cupertino has no interest in seeing a taxpaying company like Apple leave for a neighboring Silicon Valley city, like Mountain View, which houses Google.