Apple is dropping $1BN on a huge new campus in Austin, Texas

  • Apple is establishing a new campus in Austin, Texas.
  • The campus will initially house 5,000 employees, and Apple is going to spend $1 billion building it.
  • Austin was recently in the running for Amazon's second headquarters, HQ2, but was passed over.

Apple announced on Thursday that it is building a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.

In a press release, Apple said the new campus will span 133 acres, and house an initial 5,000 employees, with the potential to expand to 15,000 staff.

The new site will be located less than a mile from its existing facilities and roles based at the building will include engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales, and customer support. It will be powered by 100% renewable energy. 

The Austin campus is part of a more general push to expand in the US. Apple also announced that over the next three years, it will be adding 1,000 employees each to its sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, along with 100 extra in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.

"Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

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The front doors to Apple Park are four stories tall and made out of glass.

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The entire campus is landscaped with native plants and trees.

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Inside those big atriums are meeting places and cafes for Apple employees to run into each other.

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This is Steve Jobs Theater, a 1000-seat space where the iPhone X was first launched.

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The fountain inside the ring has finally been filled with water.

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The campus can look like a golf course from above.

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But Apple has made a lot of effort to keep the campus environmentally friendly, not just visually green. The entire roof is covered with solar panels, for example.

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The campus is off limits to the public. Here are people driving by it.

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On the right is a visitor's center that sells exclusive Apple swag and coffee. It's the only place on campus where visitors are allowed without a pass.

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Scores of fruit trees have been planted inside the ring. Apple's cafes will use fruit from the campus.

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There's also a state-of-the-art gym on the campus and two basketball courts.

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The fountain inside the ring is a stunning blue color.

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Austin's mayor Steve Alder was quoted in Apple's press release welcoming the campus. "Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love," he said.

Austin was recently on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarter HQ2 expansion, but was passed over in favour of New York and Arlington, Virginia.

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Apple's expansion ambitions are not entirely out of the blue, The Financial Times reported in November that Apple has been buying up land at a rate of knots over the last two years, almost tripling the amount it owns.

The news comes in the same year that Apple put the finishing touches to its $5 billion campus in Cupertino, California, informally known as the "spaceship." Apple Park is a home to 12,000 staff.

Apple said it has added 6,000 jobs to its US workforce this year and is on track to create 20,000 jobs across the country by 2023. The company currently employs 90,000 people across all 50 states. The graph shows how staff will be spread across the US in four years' time. appleApple

 

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