After years of planning and construction, along with lots of drone flyby videos posted on YouTube, Apple’s new main headquarters finally has an opening date. The company announced that its employees will start moving into the 2.8 million-square foot “spaceship” building in Cupertino, California sometime in April. The entire 175-acre campus will be called Apple Park.
While the campus will open in April, the company said it will take up to six months for all of its employees to move into the new headquarters. Also, some building and parkland construction at Apple Park will continue through the summer of 2017. The main building, which has been nicknamed the “spaceship” by the media due to its resemblance to a massive flying saucer, will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy through the use of 17 megawatts of rooftop solar panels. The building also has the the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
In addition to the main building, Apple Park will also have over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees. One of the highest points in Apple Park will be the location for the Steve Jobs Theater, named after the company’s late co-founder. The location will have 1,000 seats inside a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder that will be 165 feet in diameter and also have a metallic carbon fiber roof. That should be an interesting location to hold company meetings.
Apple Park will also have over two miles of walking and running paths for its employees. Inside the building’s ring, there will also be an orchard, meadow and pond. The main building will include a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for employees, and of course it will include new “secure research and development facilities” to help workers create new software and hardware projects. Members of the public will be able to visit the building’s visitor’s center, which will include an Apple Store and cafe.