Construction on Apple’s second campus in Cupertino is continuing at a steady pace, as seen in a new aerial video captured by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors.
Shot earlier today, Sinfield’s video offers a detailed look at the progress Apple has made since he shot his last video on August 1, and it gives details on the different buildings Apple is constructing. Sinfield’s also cleverly overlaid some of Steve Jobs’ original commentary on the campus, making this video update well worth watching.
Work on the ring-shaped main building is continuing, as is construction on a multi-level underground parking structure. A secondary parking lot at the west of the campus is nearly finished, the auditorium has gained interior walls, and construction workers have also made progress on the Tantau development, housing research facilities.
When finished, the second Apple campus will feature a huge 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting events, and a dedicated visitor’s center complete with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple Store.
Apple continues to be on track to complete construction on the campus at the end of 2016.
Apple has begun to make significant progress on the construction of its future campus in Austin, Texas, judging by photos of the project sent to AppleInsider. The last report of progress on the campus came in December of 2012 as basic work began, with the new photos showing advancements toward the construction of multiple buildings, a working fountain and a filled pond, along with complete fences and sidewalks.
When complete, the Austin site will be used as the company’s „Americas Operations Center.“ The new facility is being built in two stages. The first stage, seen in these photos, is slated to add 200,000 square feet of office space at a cost of $56 million. The second stage, scheduled to begin in 2015, will create 800,000 square feet of operating space.
The plans for the new campus were announced in March 2012 after Apple committed to spend $304 million on the Texas project, with 3,600 employees expected at the new facilities. After government approvals, Apple was then able to purchase the land in July 2012, which is when work began. The campus is expected to see full completion by the end of 2021, with the bottom 10 percent of the workers at the facility reportedly receiving an average yearly salary of $35,000, and contractors being paid a minimum of $11 per hour.
Progress on the expanded Austin campus comes as plans for Apple’s future „Spaceship“ campus in Cupertino, California were approved by a regulatory commission last week. That project appears set for a final approval vote on November 19 that would leave it on track for a 2016 opening.