Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Work on Massive Curved Windows, Solar Panels

Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California continues to progress as its completion date looms, and this month, further work has been done on the main ring-shaped building that spans 2.8 million square feet. Structural framing is nearing completion, and construction workers are preparing the solar panels that will be installed on the roof. More glass window panels have gone up, along with window canopies in some spots.

The large, curved sheets of glass that surround the building are designed to let employees look out over the campus, which will be covered in greenery. Apple is planning to include 80 percent green space on the campus, with a central garden, orchards, and several outdoor dining areas.


Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said the large mound of dirt in the center of the campus will not be removed, instead going towards landscaping that will support more than 7,000 trees. "Hard to know which is more beautiful, the building or that pile of dirt," he said.

The roof of the underground auditorium, where Apple will host events, is now in place, and work on a 100,000 square foot fitness center is underway. Solar panels are being added to the second of two parking garages, which will provide parking for more than 10,000 employees. Underground tunnels are in place for access to underground parking and other campus areas.

Construction on the campus is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2016, and Cook believes Apple will begin occupying the building at the beginning of 2017.

Top Rated Comments

cableguy84 Avatar
71 months ago
Looks good, it's a shame Jobs isn't here to see it completed.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoeInMilwaukee Avatar
71 months ago
After watching the video, I am speechless!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lemon Mac Avatar
71 months ago
Awsome. I love the giant yelow water slide in the centre.

I just fear with all that curved glass it will act like a giant magnifying glass and set half the state ablaze.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dwsolberg Avatar
71 months ago
I don't understand how that works. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. If a team is on the other side of the campus, walking there would take FOREVER. In a high-rise, the elevator traverses this in a straight line, and thus much, much faster. Unless they're installing those speed tracks they have in aiports and theme parks like Universal Studios in Florida.

This seems to me like yet another example of form-over-function Apple jackassery.
You're missing the obvious. Like all modern spacecraft, this one is equipped with transporters.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
71 months ago
Good.... Good.... They are going for the half constructed Death Star 2 look from Endor. Team building it needs to "Double their efforts" so that it is operational ready when Tim Cook arrives to oversee the construction of it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
uid15 Avatar
71 months ago
After watching the video, I am speechless!
^ Well then you clearly contradicted that sentiment :p
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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