Apple Campus 2 shows major progress in new drone video

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Apple Campus 2 flyover by Above Reno
We're finally seeing some visible progress on the new Apple Campus.
Photo: Above Reno (via YouTube)

Just when we thought we were getting bored with Apple Campus 2 flyover videos, one has arisen that shows how cool this building is going to be.

If you do a YouTube search for Apple’s future headquarters in Cupertino, you can follow its progress from a huge hole in the ground to something that looks like it might, one day, possibly be a building. But YouTube user Above Reno went 250 miles out of its usual domain to capture some impressive, 4K footage over Labor Day weekend that shows that things are coming along now.

Check out the gorgeous video below.

Above Reno captured the footage “at or below 400 feet above ground level,” and that was more than sufficient height to showcase the scale and beauty of this building. It looks like about a third of the structure around the circumference is framed up, so it’s actually starting to look like something.

Cult of Mac/Android writer Luke Dormehl compares Apple Campus 2’s current state to the later stages of a Lego project, when you’ve finally finished constructing all of the boring framework, and now “the exciting bits are happening.”

Apple Campus 2 is expected to finish construction by the end of 2016, and it will ultimately have a footprint of 2.8 million square feet. 13,000 employees will have offices in the new complex, which includes a 1,000-seat auditorium and a 600,000 square-foot research center separate from the main ring.

Despite — or maybe because of — the size and ambition of this project, Apple has pledged to make it environmentally friendly. It will use recycled water and run on energy that it generates itself with fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels.

Future flyovers will probably show a faster rate of progress while builders work on closing the ring and laying down those panels. And we’re sure drone operators will keep documenting the whole thing.