Apple has begun mailing out pamphlets to neighbors in Cupertina, California to inform them of their plans to build a new campus named the Apple Campus 2.
The document was obtained by 9to5 Mac, and includes a letter from CFO Peter Oppenheimer who insists that "respect for our neighbors was a priority as we designed Apple Campus 2." He states that the construction will commence as soon as the city of Cupertino gives its approval, which is expected later this year. He also invites residents to visit the city's website or send Apple a letter to express concerns.
The Apple Campus 2 will supposedly be completed in 2015 and will cover 2.8 million square feet. It will have its own power plant inside its massive circular design which has been compared to a spaceship. The campus will be covered in solar panels and house up to 13,000 employees on a daily basis -- not to mention 6,000 trees.
The letter also elaborates that the four story building will be a research facility, but will not replace the existing campus on 1 Infinite Loop where Apple's top brass have their current headquarters. The campus will not be open to the public so there will not a store or museum. There will be an auditorium that seats approximately 1,000 and will be used for special events such as unveiling new products. Campus 2 will also have a fitness / recreation center to the northwest portion of the building in a separate structure so employees can maintain their healthy lifestyles. There will also be a restaurant onsite. According to Oppenheimer, the goal is to keep employees on site as much as possible.
Cupertino is a city of 58,000 people and one of the major concerns voiced since this former CEO Steve Jobs announced the project in June 2011 was that of transportation and traffic. The brochure addresses this issue and states that Apple will provide such options as shuttles, bike shares, and carpooling. Most of the parking will be underground so that 80 percent of the land, most of which was purchased from Hewlett Packard in 2009, will be landscaping.