Apple's New $5 billion Headquarters in Captain's Backyard I bought my place here in Silicon Valley, California back in December 2009 (waited close to ten years for a market correction). Anyway, my son lives with his mom in the next town over, so I have done a fair amount of running (literally) over that way over the last five years. Part of that run involves passing by the new Apple world headquarters that are being constructed at the Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara borders. I have catalogued the process since November 2013, just for personal interest (well, that and the fact I sit on a zoning commission and my day job involves a lot of commercial real estate too, so I guess that is part of it as well). The only project I have personally seen that is this ambitious was the City Center project in Las Vegas, which ended up running close to $10 billion. That truly was a City in and of itself; but Apple is a close second. It is being built on 175 acres of land that used to house the old Hewlett-Packard campus. However, before that (say, 1870 to 1950 or so), this land was almost entirely agricultural. I included a picture I took of an area close by that is one of the few left overs from those days. It was an absolute heaven for Southern European fruit and nut farmers who settled here. (Insert joke here about California). But the times they change, and in the last three years literally every square inch of land within a five mile radius of this site has been revisited, rezoned, replanned, refinanced, etc. etc. Sadly, the agricultural past is almost entirely gone. Instead, we have lots of Chipotles, Kumon learning centers, and luxury car dealerships. For your interest (or not) . . . I only am allowed 10 pictures in the starter thread, so there they are: Conceptual This is a picture I took yesterday (Jan. 30, 2016) of an area at "Butcher's Corner" in Sunnyvale. This is what this world used to look like since European immigration in the 19th century. Wars are always revolutionary; and it was no different here, where young GIs like my father-in-law streamed in from the East to work on various military and high-tech hardware and engineering projects in the 1950s and 1960s. Apple, of course, emerged in an orchard in the 1970s. Rendition of the intended final product. Looks like something L.Ron Hubbard would have dreamt up. Here's a GIF version that is useful, but gives me headaches: Spoiler [induces dizziness and vomiting] 2013 Campus was approved by the Cupertino city council. The prep work started around September 2013 and continued through 2015, which is when the actual building commenced. Sept. 2013: The Old Hewlett-Packard building. HP took a hit in the 2000s. Bye-bye. Nov. 2013. 2014 The prep work started in 2014, where large amounts of earth were removed to make room for underground parking and a substantial foundation; so substantial, the builders essentially created a concrete factory on site. The earth so removed, in turn, was left on site to create a series of HUGE berms and swales circling the campus. June 2014: Wolfe Road: facing SE. 2015 May 2015: Tantua: facing NW Tantau: Facing NW. In July or August of 2015, the actual building itself starts. Aug. 2015: Homestead Rd: facing south. 2016 Jan 2016: Tantau: facing SW. The builders are just starting to affix the glass to the side of the building. I would not be surprised if they imported some glass workers from Las Vegas, as they have the expertise for this type of project.