Apple’s upcoming Spaceship campus, which was presented to the city of Cupertino by Steve Jobs shortly before he passed away last year, has been delayed until mid-2016. Bloomberg reports the new building won’t be finished until later than previously projected, but insists there have been no major changes to the plans that were originally unveiled.
Apple revealed the delay in an updated proposal, which was submitted to the city on November 14. The company had wanted to break ground on the 176-acre campus this year, but because its updated proposal wasn’t submitted until last month — as opposed to its original September target — the city may not be able to complete its environmental impact report until next June.
That’s likely to push Apple’s start into early 2014.
“They [Apple] could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly,” David Brandt, Cupertino’s city manager, told Bloomberg. Brandt did add, however, that “the project is running a little bit slow.”
Apple’s updated proposal includes no major changes from the original, but there are a number of revisions. The company hopes to complete the project without having to remove any dirt from the site, and it wants to move a free-standing, 1,000-seat auditorium further away from one of the surrounding roads.
“There’s nothing super-significant,” said Brandt. “I think they are just constantly trying to improve the project.”
The new campus will accommodate as many as 14,200 employees, and will become one of the world’s largest buildings at 2.8 million square feet. It will be home to 7,000 trees.
- Source Bloomberg