Maple Tree Inn is 2 miles from Apple Campus 2
The Maple Tree Inn in Sunnyvale, CA is also a popular business Hotel for Cupertino, Mountain View and Santa Clara. At the Maple Tree Inn, we’re always concerned with the community, our relationship to it, and the developments that are shaping it for the present and the future. Our success as a hotel is not only deeply rooted in our surroundings, but in our location in the greater South Bay, and Peninsula, as a whole. We don’t consider ourselves to be just a Sunnyvale Hotel; we are perfectly located for the surrounding areas, and we proudly serve our community. Truthfully, we’re really a Silicon Valley Hotel! We like to think we service the businesses and people that make our cities so successful. In fact, looking towards the future, we’d also love to be known as a Mountain View Inn, a Santa Clara Inn and a Cupertino Inn, especially considering the way Apple has helped shape the past, present, and future of our Valley. We’re not only extremely grateful for Apple being part of the Valley’s success, but for staying in Cupertino; when there were obviously less expensive places to do business! We’re thrilled that Apple has the same ethos that we do in regards to rooting themselves to the community, and acting as a steward whenever possible. We have been fascinated by the new Apple 2 Campus, and are excited to host many of the employees and guests that work at the current and eventually the new facility. We thought it might be fun to explore exactly what this new building is going to be about.
Of course, anything in this area is subject to the normal regulatory and permitting processes, just like anyone else, but in the end, both Apple and Cupertino were thrilled to work out the issues. They finally cleared the last hurdle in October of 2013 and broke ground before the end of the year. Apple is on track to move into their new 2.8 million square foot Campus Office HQ by the middle of 2016.
A Short History:
To begin, in 2006, Apple acquired 9 contiguous parcels of land in Cupertino – previously owned by Summerhill Homes, Hewlett-Packard, and others. Apple had their Brokers hide their name from buyers to prevent the property value from skyrocketing during the sales. The total area is 175 acres, and will eventually support 13,000 employees occupying nearly 3 million square feet of office space. There are cafes, an underground auditorium, and 300,000 square feet of research and development space. (Source: Wikipedia) There is even a central power plant. Yes, Apple is now its own utility company!
The innovative, creative and functional office space design of the building will challenge and change the way people work, collaborate, and interact in professional spaces forever. It’s about experimenting with how these work spaces will function in the future, as well as the present. In fact, the design didn’t start out as a spaceship, but just evolved into that during the design process.
When you begin to talk about a building of this scale, and the resources it takes to build it; you would think that it might have a profound negative impact on the environment, and surrounding neighborhoods. It could change air quality, traffic, and more. However, the most amazing aspect of this design is that its’ main goal is to have a ZERO net impact on the environment and to operate completely sustainability.
A few interesting green and environmental notes are as follows:
- 80% of the entire campus footprint will be green space. Prior to construction, the space was 80% built up, and 20% green. This project completely reverses those numbers.
- 75% of the year, the buildings will be cooled by totally natural ventilation. That means no AC or heat will be needed due to advanced radiant cooling and venting technologies.
- They will add nearly 6,000 trees to the property, and hide almost all roadways and structures
- It will run on 100% renewable energy – including one of the largest solar arrays on an office complex in the world. Natural gas and other green power solutions will complement the solar energy generation.
In concept, Steve Job’s inspiration was his home, Stanford’s Campus, and the California landscape he grew up with. “The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino” and to get away from commercial buildings and parking lots. One of Cupertino’s City Council said, “The Mother Ship has definitely landed here in Cupertino”…. And it certainly is a departure from the historic norm! In fact, it’s the future!”
Here’s a great Wired article with more info and pictures.The architectural firm Norman Foster, famous for the bullet shaped Gherkin in London & the restored Reichstag in Berlin, are the creators of the project. During the Cupertino City Council presentation, the firm pointed out that this was “one of the most environmentally sustainable projects of this scale anywhere in the world”. Constructing a building this impressive is no small task, and the design, as Norman Foster describes it, “is pushing the boundaries of technology in almost every aspect”. Bloomberg detailed some of the more challenging aspects of this daring and precision like technological design, such as 40 ft. floor to ceiling panes of concave glass that need to be manufactured. In this short video, you can really get a sense of just how forward thinking and inspiring the building will be – from aesthetics and design, to work space, sustainability and efficiency.
As related by the company itself, the hope is to, “hands-down, build the best office building in the world – a serene environment reflecting Apple’s brand values of innovation, ease of use, and beauty”.
April 2006: Apple begins buying land in the area.
June 7, 2011: Steve Jobs presents project to Cupertino City Council.
Aug. 9, 2011: Apple submits proposal documents.
June 4, 2013: Apple releases Economic Impact Report.
June 6, 2013: Cupertino releases draft environmental impact report; public comment period opens.
July 22, 2013: Last day of public comment period for draft EIR
Sept. 23, 2013: Final EIR available
Sept. 26, 2013: Environmental Review Committee Meeting
Oct. 1, 2013: Joint Cupertino City Council/Planning Commission Study Session
Oct. 2, 2013: Planning Commission recommends approval.
Oct. 15, 2013: Cupertino City Council will take an initial vote on approval.
Nov. 19, 2013: Cupertino City Council’s final vote
July, 10 2014: It’s on! The site is being cleared and utilities are being installed below ground. Mostly on Wolfe Road according to my commuting co-worker.
Here are a few renderings of the concept for your enjoyment: