Apple has moved during this month to continue showing significant progress in what will be the new headquarters of the company. The latest images taken from a drone, of the Apple Park headquarters show the detail work in progress, and an overview, before the opening of the facility to employees.
The most recent images show a partially cleared Steve Jobs Theatre and a good overview of the entire site, including the parking garage, ongoing landscaping work and the research facility.
As with the images from earlier this month, Apple Park still has a long way to go before it’s completely ready. While Apple may be moving employees around in a short time, they will have to deal with the landscaping and finish the work for a couple more months.
On February 22nd, Apple officially named the “spaceship” campus under construction. The entire facility is now called “Apple Park,” with the 20-foot-high, 165-foot-diameter glass auditorium honoring one of the company’s founders and named Steve Jobs’ theater.
Before the huge construction effort began, the area was Hewlett Packard land, and it was completely paved. Apple’s demand for trees is putting pressure on the local market, forcing contractors to source outside California. The final number of trees is expected to reach nine thousand plants, among apple, apricot, cherry and persimmon trees that dot the landscape.
This eco-friendly design was central to Jobs’ vision, and this Apple-related Phase 2 project adds an additional work area adjacent to the headquarters and includes a small data center powered by the on-site solar farm, fuel cells and other renewable energy sources.
A new microgrid installed on the campus is capable of delivering 17 megawatts of solar energy alone, and handling about 75 percent of the facility’s power requirements. The solar installation is complemented by fuel cells provided by Bloom Energy, similar to those installed at the North Carolina data center.
Everything seems to indicate that the final result will honour the genius that characterises everything the apple company does…