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Apple has signed a deal to take over 373,000 square feet of office space in its home town of Cupertino, Calif., even as it plans new headquarters that will take up a mammoth 1 million square feet.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on Wednesday that Apple has "struck a deal to lease a big office campus" in the city that could provide 1,300 of its workers with space.

City officials have confirmed the deal, which will allow the iPhone maker to rent 373,000 square feet of the former Measurex campus, now known as Results Way Coporate Center.

"This is all good news for the city," said Kelly Kline, who serves as the city's economic development manager. "Apple is the premier corporation in Cupertino." Kline expects Apple to perform renovation work before it moves in.

"Apple is going through remarkable growth," said Todd Shaffer, a senior vice president with realty firm Cornish & Carey Commercial. "Results Way is one of the few large campuses that they could lease. Apple has been expanding aggressively in Cupertino."

Results Way Corporate Center

Space has grown tight in Silicon Valley as major tech companies wrangle to grab space as they expand. One commercial real estate agent told the Mercury News the area hadn't seen this kind of expansion since the dot-com boom era in the late 1990s.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented his solution for the space squeeze last month: a massive circular building a curved glass exterior intended to house roughly 12,000 employees. By comparison, Apple's current headquarters at One Infinite Loop, which Jobs intends to keep alongside the proposed new campus, holds about 2,600 employees.


"Apple's grown like a weed. And, as you know, we've always been in Cupertino." Jobs said at a city council meeting. The company struggled to find space for its 12,000 employees based in the area, resorting to renting offices "at an ever greater radius" from its headquarters.

Jobs compared the proposed building to a spaceship, noting that Apple may "have a shot at building the best office building in the world." The new building would sit on nearly 150 acres of land, 80 percent of which would be landscaped.

The company had for years planned to build a new 50-acre Cupertino campus, but got held up in the rezoning process.
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80% of 150 acres will be landscaped. That's 120 acres!!!! You have shortage of land yet u are using those lands for landscaping. Don't u have better option, Steve?
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I wonder if it would make sense to open an east coast office, maybe in Boston or research triangle in North Carolina? It would give them better access to the east coast labor market and provide some geographical diversification (which could be handy for reducing risks from natural disasters).
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80% of 150 acres will be landscaped. That's 120 acres!!!! You have shortage of land yet u are using those lands for landscaping. Don't u have better option, Steve?

No. They needed the land rezoned. Green space makes that easier. And this isn't Manhattan. Landscaping is good.
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I wonder if it would make sense to open an east coast office, maybe in Boston or research triangle in North Carolina? It would give them better access to the east coast labor market and provide some geographical diversification (which could be handy for reducing risks from natural disasters).

The east coast office is in Virginia. Most of engineering is centralized in Cupertino however.
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No. They needed the land rezoned. Green space makes that easier. And this isn't Manhattan. Landscaping is good.

Not saying that they don't need the open space to get city approval, but suburban sprawl is only green on the surface.

And I thought the proposed new campus with the Spaceship Apple on it was a very recent proposal, which does not align with the quoted spent years in rezoning in the post. Perhaps the rezoning reference is to another proposed location?

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I wonder if it would make sense to open an east coast office, maybe in Boston or research triangle in North Carolina? It would give them better access to the east coast labor market and provide some geographical diversification (which could be handy for reducing risks from natural disasters).

Of course, but then they wouldn't be called Designed in California, would they?
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It's the new LEGAL department.
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since NYC accounts fot 1/2 of APPLE sales in the USA
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Not saying that they don't need the open space to get city approval, but suburban sprawl is only green on the surface.

Let's not get that started again! This area was already sprawled, Apple is just increasing the density on the land and increasing the greenery.

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And I thought the proposed new campus with the Spaceship Apple on it was a very recent proposal, which does not align with the quoted spent years in rezoning in the post. Perhaps the rezoning reference is to another proposed location?

I guess it's referring to this

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=6415

which is the same location apparently - presumably the rezoning is from light industrial to commercial.
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It's the new LEGAL department.

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It's the new LEGAL department.

Yes you could well be correct there.

BTW.. have to say ...Your footer is total BS. Maybe it's a joke? If Google innovated as opposed to copying it would be far better for all. What if Apple had just copied others? We'd have no true smart phones as we do today and no tablet market only crappy netbooks. Defending Google copying as some how a noble act is the most absurd statement I have seen since Fox called their daily soap 'news'.
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Yes you could well be correct there.

BTW.. have to say ...Your footer is total BS. Maybe it's a joke? If Google innovated as opposed to copying it would be far better for all. What if Apple had just copied others? We'd have no true smart phones as we do today and no tablet market only crappy netbooks. Defending Google copying as some how a noble act is the most absurd statement I have seen since Fox called their daily soap 'news'.

Well said!
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I wonder if it would make sense to open an east coast office, maybe in Boston or research triangle in North Carolina? It would give them better access to the east coast labor market and provide some geographical diversification (which could be handy for reducing risks from natural disasters).

Another thought -- maybe a European office? London or Paris? Then their products could read "Designed in California and London/Paris", which would sound pretty good...
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His Steveness describing Apple's growth as "like a weed" has to be one of the greatest Steve head-scratchers of all time. Not exactly the best chosen words from someone who usually chooses his words more carefully.
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Yes you could well be correct there.

BTW.. have to say ...Your footer is total BS. Maybe it's a joke? If Google innovated as opposed to copying it would be far better for all. What if Apple had just copied others? We'd have no true smart phones as we do today and no tablet market only crappy netbooks. Defending Google copying as some how a noble act is the most absurd statement I have seen since Fox called their daily soap 'news'.

His footer is just a pointed variant on the actual quote: "If Google didn't act, it faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier were our choice."
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80% of 150 acres will be landscaped. That's 120 acres!!!! You have shortage of land yet u are using those lands for landscaping. Don't u have better option, Steve?

Don't be so shortsighted .... it's not necessary to "build the future" all at once.
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Another thought -- maybe a European office? London or Paris? Then their products could read "Designed in California and London/Paris", which would sound pretty good...

I think it could work, any city with a good base of design and technical talent might work well. I wonder how much it really matters to have all your design & development facilities in one city. The reasons I can think of are more emotional in an age of video conferencing, screen sharing and next day air shipping eating away at the logical reasons for centralized design.
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Another thought -- maybe a European office? London or Paris? Then their products could read "Designed in California and London/Paris", which would sound pretty good...

Besides the mothership in Cupertino, they should also design a daughtership(smaller scaled down version of the main HQ). Then to get the most bang for your buck, build daughterships in every major city in which Apple has large corporate offices. They should all be almost identical like the retail stores.

New York
Austin
Los Angeles
London
Paris
Tokyo
Beijing
Sydney
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Besides the mothership in Cupertino, they should also design a daughtership(smaller scaled down version of the main HQ). Then to get the most bang for your buck, build daughterships in every major city in which Apple has large corporate offices. They should all be almost identical like the retail stores.

New York
Austin
Los Angeles
London
Paris
Tokyo
Beijing
Sydney

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I think it could work, any city with a good base of design and technical talent might work well. I wonder how much it really matters to have all your design & development facilities in one city. The reasons I can think of are more emotional in an age of video conferencing, screen sharing and next day air shipping eating away at the logical reasons for centralized design.

eight hours time difference

As somebody who has worked as part of a global team with people in NY and HK, trust me it becomes a huge pain.
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I think it could work, any city with a good base of design and technical talent might work well. I wonder how much it really matters to have all your design & development facilities in one city. The reasons I can think of are more emotional in an age of video conferencing, screen sharing and next day air shipping eating away at the logical reasons for centralized design.

While that might work for the "traditional management style" of most of the competition, I think, based on all of the many books and articles I've read on Apple and Steve Jobs, his style of management is "different" than most. His penchant for "dropping in" on anybody at anytime to "discuss" various projects might not lend itself to video conferencing. It's too easy to be "away from your desk" on video. Video conferencing has to be more structured than Apple seems to "like to do things". imo

P.S. cloudglazer brings up another point in above post.
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80% of 150 acres will be landscaped. That's 120 acres!!!! You have shortage of land yet u are using those lands for landscaping. Don't u have better option, Steve?

I don't know why i'm responding to a guy who thinks he's smart but spells "you" as "u", but here it goes anyway...

The land is already filled with office parks. Apple will demolish the office parks and then rebuild and re-landscape. There will be more people working there but yet less space devoted to surface parking. Much of the parking will be moved under ground. It is the decrease in surface parking that will make room for the green space.
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