Cupertino City Counsel to examine Environmental ramifications of Apple’s proposed new campus

Wed, Sep 7, 2011


Steve Jobs in early June made an impassioned presentation before Cupertino’s City Counsel pleading Apple’s case for an entirely new campus capable of housing over 13,000 employees. The highlight of Apple’s planned new campus is a spaceship style circular structure that will be comprised exclusively out of a giant piece of curved glass.

“There’s not a single straight piece of glass in this building,” said Jobs. “We’ve used our experience in building retail buildings all over the world. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building… It’s pretty cool.”

The proposed new campus will also be very green, with Jobs explaining that there will be underground parking to maintain the above-ground foliage along with renewable energy sources like natural gas that are both cleaner and cheaper to use.

This Thursday from 6:30-8:30 PM, the Cupertino City Counsel will be holding a meeting to discuss the environmental impact of Apple’s proposed new campus.

The City of Cupertino will be the lead agency and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Apple Campus 2 Project located on an approximately 176-acre site bounded by East Homestead Road on the north; properties adjacent to Tantau Avenue on the east; Interstate 280 on the south; and Wolfe Road on the west.

The City of Cupertino will be hosting a public meeting to receive input on the scope of the EIR. The purpose of the meeting will be to gather questions to be studied as part of the environmental review process.

A live broadcast of the meeting will be available for viewing on the web over here.

We don’t want to say this meeting is nothing more than a formality, but Apple has taken significant steps towards being more environmentally conscious over the past few years and its proposed new campus certainly incorporates a lot of green initiatives.

What’s more, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong said that there is “no chance” the city counsel would say no to Apple’s proposal. “Of course, Wong explained, “Apple will still have to undergo an environmental review but that shouldn’t be much of an obstacle given Apple’s passion for being “green.”

Straight from the horses mouth.

Once Apple’s plan passes local governmental muster this Fally, Apple can start submitting permits and construction can begin. If all goes according to plan, the building should be completed by 2015.

via Cupertino


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