With Apple Park now completed, Apple employees are finally moving into the company’s brand new sprawling campus — although it won’t happen all at once.
Given the size of the building, which can hold 12,000 employees, the city of Cupertino has issued Apple a series of temporary occupancy permits allowing employees to move into selected parts of the main building.
These include a December 30 temporary occupancy permit which covers five of the 12 sections of the main circular building, and previous temporary permit for its R&D North building, central utility plant and Story Office Building. Permits for the remaining sections are set to be issued sometime between the end of January and March.
Last day at the Loop. It’s always felt surreal to be in these buildings where so much has happened. Next week starts at the new campus, Apple Park, where new history will be made.
— Brian (@littlebluebro) January 25, 2018
Apple has largely kept quiet about the move, although a few Apple employees have made references to it — such as long-time employee Chris Espinosa posting images of some of the rare Apple items he uncovered while packing up his office at Infinite Loop.
At Apple’s iPhone X event last September, Tim Cook said that, “We’ll start moving into Apple Park later this year. Of course, such a large move, it’s really more of a process, and the first step is the opening today of the Steve Jobs Theater.” The site’s visitor center opened the following month, although this is a standalone building that’s not part of the main circular construction.
According to Reuters, the final cost of the Apple Park campus is likely will come in at around $5 billion, with more than $1 billion allocated for the interior of the main circular building alone.
Coming more than six years after Steve Jobs first pitched the site to the Cupertino City Council, and more than four after it was given the official go-ahead, it’s got to be a relief to employees that the enormous project is finally close to finished.