Apple Working to Lease 700,000-800,000 Square Feet of New Office Space in Sunnyvale

While Apple moves forward on plans for its new 2.8 million square foot corporate campus in Cupertino, the company continues to grow with the success of its products. Apple's interim space needs led the company to lease 373,000 square feet in Cupertino six months ago, and soon after expand its New York City presence to over 50,000 square feet.

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The San Jose Mercury News now reports that Apple is working on deals to lease between 700,000 and 800,000 square feet of additional space in Sunnyvale, California, adjacent to the company's hometown of Cupertino.

According to the report, Apple has already signed a lease for a four-building complex in Sunnyvale totaling 215,000 square feet. The company is said to be preparing move into the new facility, which is approximately seven miles from Apple's main corporate campus, by the end of this quarter.

The company has also signed a lease for over 100,000 square feet in another two-building complex. Estimates suggest that Apple could house about 1,300 employees over the two sites, but could push that Sunnyvale population to over 3,000 if it can track down the additional space it is looking for.

"Apple seems to be gobbling up everything they can," said Chad Leiker, a vice president with Kidder Mathews, a realty firm. "They are taking a ton of space."

Apple has long been overflowing its main Cupertino campus, purchasing and leasing additional space surrounding the campus and elsewhere. The company's plans for its new major campus are intended to allow it to consolidate many of those space needs currently served by leased space into a single company-owned location. But with construction on the new campus yet to get underway, Apple will need to continue leasing new space over the next several years in order to handle its rapidly expanding workforce.

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pixelpro Avatar
116 months ago

Just imagine how much empty office space there's gonna be when Apple moves OUT of all these spaces and into their new HQ. That's gonna hurt.


By the time the spaceship is built, Apple's employee count would have far exceeded the capacity. It won't be emptying those buildings anytime soon.
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Shrink Avatar
116 months ago
50,000 square fee in New York City. That's a hell of an investment. I can't even imagine the pre square foot cost.

...it's good to be the king...:D
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Dionte Avatar
116 months ago
This is all great, when can we get an apple tv update?
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drummingcraig Avatar
116 months ago
Sunnyvale huh? I wonder if they're moving into the offices that used to be occupied by Protovision? :cool:
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AidenShaw Avatar
116 months ago

I doubt if the spaceship campus will be built as the submitted design. That said, something else will be built in its place and will probably house a similar number of employees. It might just be a cluster of buildings of a considerably tamer design.


I expect that it will have far more employees, and do far less damage to the surrounding neighbourhoods. I also expect that it will allow for planned growth within the campus.

Silicon Valley is a narrow strip of land between the bay and the mountains. (Or between the mountains and the mountains, depending on where you're looking - and Cupertino is south of the bay so it's mountains to mountains.) You live in Mountain View, so you know this.

The spaceship campus is simply irresponsible - building a low-rise office building surrounded by newly-planted orchards with no regard to traffic. They should build high-rise buildings and plan for future growth on the same campus - AND THEY SHOULD PAY TO ROUTE LIGHT RAIL PUBLIC TRANSIT TO THE CAMPUS.
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mdriftmeyer Avatar
116 months ago

Apple will probably shunt certain groups to the Sunnyvale campus and keep core engineering in Cupertino.

Most of the admin groups (Finance, Legal, Facilities, Security) will probably get exiled to Sunnyvale as well as groups like Apple Retail (corporate), maybe Customer Support (corporate), corporate IS, some of the marketing groups.

The Siri development team might be a candidate to move to Sunnyvale. The company was headquartered in San Jose before Apple's acquisition. This appears to be a fast-growing group, so relocating to a space that has some growing room would seem desirable.

I hate Fry's too.


Accounting is in Austin, Texas.
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