You’ve probably seen pictures of Apple’s new headquarters that the technology company has been building for years. It’s round, with a central atrium, and looks like it could take off at any minute, leaving us all behind whenever armageddon finally approaches.
They’re finally opening the new campus in April 2017. They also have finally chosen a name, a rather boring one at that, Apple Park. In my mind, they could have, and should have, gone with something more interesting. Something like “Death Star,” “Bagel 1,” or “Torus of Doom.”
Names aside, the building is impressive. It will include a cylindrical 1,000-seat auditorium called the “Steve Jobs Theater” and claims to be one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, running completely on renewable energy with a solar roof that they claim generates 17 megawatts of energy. It will also sport a 100,000 square-foot fitness facility, an orchard, meadow, pond and even some areas accessible to the public, a bit of a departure from their relatively locked-down Campus 1 at One Infinite Loop.
Say what I will about the name, though, Apple Park is statistically impressive. Here are some more facts about the new building for you to take with you to your next nerd session:
- About 13,000 Apple employees will work at Apple Park and was originally slated for completion in 2016.
- Over 3,500 construction workers worked on the new headquarters since it broke ground in December 2013.
- Cost estimates come in around $5 billion for the high-security and technically advanced facility.
- It’s wider than the Pentagon.
- Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief who designed the iPhone and iPod, was involved in the Apple Park’s design.
- The main building takes up 2.8 million square-feet and is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
- The interior parklands will include two miles of walking and running paths for employees.
- It’s the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for 9 months of the year.