Apple Pauses Work on Planned North Carolina Campus

Apple is delaying plans for a major new campus located in North Carolina, reports the Triangle Business Journal. Back in 2021, Apple said it would invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina, a project that included a new engineering and research center in the Research Triangle area of Raleigh and Durham.

apple rtp landAssemblage of seven properties in Research Triangle Park owned by Apple

A limited amount of progress on the campus has been made since the announcement, and Apple has not provided updates on construction until now. Apple told Triangle Business Journal that it has paused work on the campus, and it is working with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Commerce to extend the project's timeline by four years.

No reason was given for the delay, but Apple said that it is still committed to building in North Carolina.

Apple has been operating in North Carolina for over two decades. And we're deeply committed to growing our teams here. In the last three years, we've added more than 600 people to our team in Raleigh, and we're looking forward to developing our new campus in the coming years.

Apple last year filed development plans for the first phase of construction, but the specific timeline for the project has never been clear. Apple's plans for Research Triangle Park include six buildings and a parking garage totaling 700,000 square feet of office space, 190,000 square feet of accessory space, and close to 3,000 parking spaces spanning 41 acres.

Apple owns 281 acres of land in the area where it plans to build its campus, so there could ultimately be several phases of construction. As it prepares to build the NC research center, Apple is leasing more than 200,000 square feet of office space in Cary, North Carolina.

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Blackstick Avatar
3 weeks ago
Why do I want to go to an office? My daughters are 7 and 9. I get to see them grow up. It’s time I won’t get back. They’ll never be little again. Instead of brake lights on I-75 every day, I see their faces and see them on or off the school bus taking turns with my wife.

We cut down to one car. Immediately that’s thousands of dollars a year saved. I eat my lunches from affordable Costco and Aldi ingredients. Sometimes I end work at 3pm or work late into the evening because I’m home anyway.

My closest colleague is in Toronto. My boss is in London. It makes no difference if I work from my house… closest office is 2 hours away and it’s full of tax accountants. I’m a software engineer, there’s nobody writing Swift in that building.

Unemployment in this field is below 1%. Companies aren’t in any position to call highly skilled workers back.
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Cyloncat Avatar
3 weeks ago

Who is this we?
"We" are folks who live in Cary, Raleigh, and other cities in North Carolina where there is a building boom going for both office and residential space. We don't want to turn into another Austin.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dcingie Avatar
3 weeks ago
As someone that lives and works in Research Triangle Park, this is phenomenal news. I hope they abandon this area completely. We can’t sustain all the influx of people moving here and we don’t want to decimate native habitat and native wildlife to build the roads, housing, and classrooms required to support them and all the other companies that would build here to leech off their talent. As a local, the cost of living and congestion getting bad enough. We were doing fine before them and we’ll continue to thrive without them.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Darmok N Jalad Avatar
3 weeks ago

when business conditions change, plans change ...
Yes, and since 2021, we've seen pretty drastic changes to remote work strategies, the economy has been up and down, costs of materials are up, and interest rates are not as friendly as they once were. Granted, Apple has a lot of cash to build, but companies often borrow the money anyway.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
3 weeks ago
Apple probably thought they needed extra space to develop Car and Vision.
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3 weeks ago
when business conditions change, plans change ...
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