On Tuesday evening during a Cupertino City Council meeting Apple's proposed spaceship-shaped headquarters was given the thumbs up for lift off. The council voted unanimously to approve the project, which will fulfill a dream of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The purposed project is a 2.8 million-square-foot building that will be constructed alongside Interstate 280.
The council meeting was a packed house. Several Apple employees attended the meeting holding bright green signs that said “Cupertino For Apple Campus 2.” Council member Rod Sinks had to excuse himself from the vote because his wife is employed by Apple.
Dan Whisenhut, Apple's head of real estate facilities, told the council, "Steve transformed Apple into one of the most innovative companies in the world and we understand the responsibilities that come from carrying his legacy forward with this project. We've designed it with the same care and attention to detail as we do with all Apple products."
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Apple's project will be a four-story ring of curved glass. It will house up to 14,200 employees.
The first hour of the city council meeting was devoted to traffic consultants who spoke about the “significant but avoidable" impact on the roadways. Apple has agreed to underwrite a number of roadway improvements that will alleviate congestion. Environmental impacts of the project were also considered before the vote.
Councilman Mark Santoro said prior to the vote, "The project will certainly cause traffic issues, but I'm happy to hear Apple's going to work with us on solving these problems."
During the meeting Whisenhut said, "Right here at this same podium two years ago Steve shared his excitement about this campus and about creating a home where Apple grew up. Cupertino is synonymous with Apple; it's on every box and we're immensely proud of that.”
The plans for this campus were first revealed in 2011 when an ailing Steve Jobs presented the spaceship-shaped building to city council members.
Regulations state that the council must meet one more time for a final vote. The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15.
The new campus will feature 2.65 million square feet of office space, research and development buildings, a 1,000 seat corporate auditorium, fitness center, central plant, 600,000 square feet research facility and associate parking.
Edited by Alisen Downey