Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April.
The company says that the process of moving more than 12,000 people will take more than six months. Construction is scheduled to continue through the summer.
Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is “a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley,” according to Apple. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad in panels of curved glass.
“[Steve] intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment.”
Cook says Apple Park “will run entirely on renewable energy.”
“Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well,” said Laurene Powell Jobs. “He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus.”
“We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together.”
Apple Park will include a visitors center with an Apple Store and café open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, secure research and development facilities, and the Steve Jobs Theater. The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds.