Apple Campus 2 Nearing End of Construction as 'Major Landscape Changes' Take Place
In the newest collection of drone videos capturing the ongoing construction of Apple's upcoming spaceship campus in Cupertino, California, noticeable progress has been made in the month since the last update, mainly in the surge of landscaping additions to the grounds. Apple has been working on the construction at its second campus for over two years, and was just completing the nearby parking structures and making headway into the main building one year ago.
Today, the end of the project is finally in sight, as important structural parts of the constructrion finish up and more focus is placed on additive elements, including solar panels. In Matthew Roberts' drone video, solar panel installation is estimated to be 50 percent complete, and "major landscape changes" have been seen on the site, with large trees sprouting up everywhere around the campus.
On the inside of the ring-shaped building, the garden, pond, and outdoor dining areas are being prepped for their final stages of construction. In the last few updates, the large water feature at the center of Apple Campus 2 received a lot of focus from workers, gaining an outline, large boulders, and its foundation over the last few months. This central area is also expected to include a few jogging and cycling trails, which are just a few amenities for employees coming to the campus, also including basketball and tennis courts.
In a second video, shared by Duncan Sinfield, it's mentioned that the Cupertino City Council have approved of the partial demolition of the nextdoor apartment complex, called The Hamptons. Apple wanted to buy all 342 units at The Hamptons to own the entire property, but negotiations ultimately failed to go through. Now, it's expected for the company to renovate the portion it does own and create "nearly 3x as many units" in the area.
Construction on Apple Campus 2 is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with employees moving in towards the beginning of 2017. The campus will continue to be touched up as Apple employees get settled in, however, as landscaping projects are expected to be continued through at least the middle of next year.