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The House That Jobs Built to take flight: Apple's mother-ship headquarters to be built

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 2nd, 2013
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It's a go. The new Apple headquarters, noted for its futuristic design - a steel and glass building with a doughnut-like construction, dubbed by some as a "mother-ship" is now set to be built in Cupertino, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The construction site is an a wooded area formerly occupied by a Hewlett-Packard plant. Four-stories high and 2.8 million square feet, the circular design will house nearly 15,000 Apple employees. Rigorous environmental impact reviews over the past several years have been met, and construction is set to begin shortly.

"The good news is that the EIR appears to have been very comprehensive, with every impact listed along with what Apple is doing to mitigate those impacts," Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney said. "We've all received tons of emails about this project, and most have been positive. When I talk to neighbors and friends they say, 'How come they haven't started building it yet?'"

The city of Cupertino will see many tax benefits. Keeping Apple based there, Cupertino is also poised to gain $35 million in one-time fees. An additional $68 million in direct investments is being furnished by Apple for projects ranging from the construction of parks, bike ways and housing.

The planning commission is expected to issue its approval this week, clearing it for a final vote November 19.

Along the way, Apple has made sure to brief the public on its plans, starting with Jobs' 2011 surprise visit to the city council to unveil the project. Since then, the company says, it has held more than 150 meetings with residents, sent 20,000 updates to the city and responded to more than 1,000 questions about the building.

As designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, the cost of the offices has grown close to $5 billion, Businessweek reported.

Prophetically, late Apple founder Steve Jobs promised that the building wouldn't be done on the cheap, and believed it would endure long after he had died.

"We have a shot," Jobs said, "at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it."

Jobs was slightly off on his projections that the company could break ground on the project in 2012, and that it would be move-in ready by 2015.

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