Apple Park Opens to Employees in April 2017
Theater to be Named for Steve Jobs
On February 22, 2017, Apple published a press-release announcing that Apple Park, envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, would be ready for employees to begin visiting in April. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is cladded entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass. The process of moving more than 12,000 employees to the company’s new 175-acre campus, is said to take over six months.
The construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer. Today, Apple Park is still transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a real haven of green space, in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley.
Steve Jobs would have turned 62 on February 24, 2017. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and our civilization, Apple will name the theater at Apple Park, the “Steve Jobs Theater”. Situated atop a hill, the building will open later this year. Its entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium will be a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater will be one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main company’s building.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said that “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.” And he continued: “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.”
Steve was exhilarated and inspired by the California landscape, by its light, and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well,” – said Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, manager of Laurene Powell Jobs Trust, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc – “He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus.”
Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, stated that “Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products… Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland, creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners.”
Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces five million-square-feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It is also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.
Apple Park will also include a 100,000-square-foot fitness center available to all of its employees, a visitor center with an Apple Store, a secure research and development facilities, as well as a cafe open to the public. Altogether, parklands will offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds.
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