Mr. Jobs made an appearance at a local Cupertino council meeting to discuss plans for a new-and-improved Apple headquarters, which would occupy 150 acres of land just down the street from the current Infinite Loop location. The new building is impressive, with a donut-like design and dedicated power grid (Apple would use city power as “backup”). The mammoth building would house 12,000 employees in 3.1 million square feet, compared to 2,800 employees in the current building. Over 2,000 additional trees would be planted in the surrounding land, and the existing parking lots would be reduced by 90%. Overall, the space (previously owned by Hewlett Packard) would be much better utilized under Apple’s care, and the council members seemed to agree.
Apple plans to submit the final plans sometime soon, break ground next year, and move in completely in 2015.