Apple reportedly taking eco-friendly 'campus approach' with upcoming Austin facility

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
With construction of Apple's $304 million Austin, Tex. complex underway, one website has reportedly come across new build plans for the site, revealing additional details about the campus' layout.

Austin Campus
Reported rendering of Apple's Austin, Tex. campus. | Source: AustinTowers


According to a rendering of the campus acquired by local condo website AustinTowers, Apple has made a number of adjustments from the original layout created by the development company in charge designing the Riata Vista Circle property.

As AppleInsider previously reported, two of Apple's seven planned buildings are already under construction as part of the project's first phase, which will cost an estimated $56 million. In addition to the 200,000 square feet covered by the initial buildings, five other structures are said to be in the works, increasing the total area covered to some one million square feet.

Further details include the replacement of surface parking spaces with three garages capable of accommodating hold 5,500 vehicles. The website claims Apple is using a so-called "Fast Track" permit to have at least one of the parking garages completed in time for the first building's opening.

Other enhancements include the replacement of traditional driveways with pedestrian courts and corridors, reducing the amount of concrete and asphalt from 80 percent to 55 percent.

Construction of Apple's Austin campus, which will be home to the company's Americas Operations Center, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. The new facility will create an estimated 3,600 jobs, more than doubling Apple's existing workforce in the city.

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  • Reply 1 of 19
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Other enhancements include the replacement of traditional driveways with pedestrian courts and corridors, reducing the amount of concrete and asphalt from 80 percent to 55 percent.
    % of what?
  • Reply 2 of 19
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    Wonder.  Will there be a Dell, Gateway or IBM PC in one of the buildings?

  • Reply 3 of 19
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,506member
    Apple doesn't seem to realize that its period of growth is over and that it's now in decline. Android is winning.¡
  • Reply 4 of 19
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    tylerk36 wrote: »
    Wonder.  Will there be a Dell, Gateway or IBM PC in one of the buildings?

    I think it's highly likely. Those companies make a lot of business equipment. They may even have a Machine that uses Windows embedded for the OS just like they used to have Motorola's Symbol handheld PoS systems at Apple Stores. Outside of public view there is little reason to have Apple's HW and OS run a 3rd-party machine.
  • Reply 5 of 19

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    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post





    % of what?


     


    Most likely percent coverage by area, 100% = every square inch paved over.

  • Reply 6 of 19


    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post

    % of what?


     


    Of the land area of the facility, I'd think, yes?

  • Reply 7 of 19
    Apple make an iphone that has solar charging. Sick of charging it at least 2 times a day. (iphone5's battery is great compared to other Android top phones but still not enough for a heavy user like me. And no Note 2 and its pathetic dimly lit SAMOLED screen)
  • Reply 8 of 19
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Of the land area of the facility, I'd think, yes?
    That makes sense.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    xtacee1990 wrote: »
    Apple make an iphone that has solar charging. Sick of charging it at least 2 times a day. (iphone5's battery is great compared to other Android top phones but still not enough for a heavy user like me. And no Note 2 and its pathetic dimly lit SAMOLED screen)

    Think about this. You use your phone enough that you need to charge it 2x a day and yet you want solar charging. Consider how much downtime your phone would have do to the amount of time it would take a 8 square inch panel to charge a 1440 mAh battery. Now consider that this solar panel would be on the back so you'd have to keep it upside down in order for it to charge.

    If I were you I'd wonder why the best in class smartphone can't go one-half of a waking day without the battery dying on you. If you can't think of why you're inadvertently wasting your battery life (like being in area for prolonged periods that have so little cellular connectivity that the phone has to boost its antenna power) that you might want to consider a Mophie JuicePack or some other accessory for your unique situation.
  • Reply 10 of 19
    Cool! You can see the pond starting to accumulate water in the foreground of my photos: http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/30/new-photos-of-apples-austin-campus-expansion-show-construction-of-second-building
  • Reply 11 of 19
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,107member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xtacee1990 View Post



    Apple make an iphone that has solar charging. Sick of charging it at least 2 times a day. (iphone5's battery is great compared to other Android top phones but still not enough for a heavy user like me. And no Note 2 and its pathetic dimly lit SAMOLED screen)


     


    If you knew anything about solar charging, you'd know how insanely ridiculous your demand is. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Solar tech is nowhere NEAR being able to power a smartphone, not now, and probably not in a decade. There's also the fact that, you know, most people don't have their phone sitting in sunlight all day. They're either in pockets or indoors. 


     


    Either way, for most people the iPhone battery is more than fine. Whatever the next step is for battery tech, it wont be solar. 

  • Reply 12 of 19
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,428member
    xtacee1990 wrote: »
    Apple make an iphone that has solar charging. Sick of charging it at least 2 times a day. (iphone5's battery is great compared to other Android top phones but still not enough for a heavy user like me. And no Note 2 and its pathetic dimly lit SAMOLED screen)

    So stop streaming YouTube videos and Pandora nonstop using LTE will you?

    Jeez, you're like those folks that bought Hummers, only to complain about the gas mileage.
  • Reply 13 of 19
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    xtacee1990 wrote: »
    Apple make an iphone that has solar charging. Sick of charging it at least 2 times a day. (iphone5's battery is great compared to other Android top phones but still not enough for a heavy user like me. And no Note 2 and its pathetic dimly lit SAMOLED screen)

    The problem is that few people have their phones in sunlight all day. You can, however, easily buy an external battery pack for your phone if you're a heavy user. The battery pack clips to the back of the phone and adds only a modest amount of bulk.

    slurpy wrote: »
    If you knew anything about solar charging, you'd know how insanely ridiculous your demand is. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Solar tech is nowhere NEAR being able to power a smartphone, not now, and probably not in a decade.

    This is absolutely false.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-Battery-Charger-for-iPhone-iPod-and-USB-Devices-Black-/251222552520?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item3a7e07efc8

    They claim that it's possible to get a full charge from solar in 7.5 hours. That means that if your system were in sunlight for 7.5 hours per day, you'd roughly double your run time - which is what xtacee was asking.

    Your second complaint was legitimate - that few people have their phones in the sun very much of the day, but there's nothing about solar technology itself that makes it impossible.
  • Reply 14 of 19
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,328member


    Maybe in devices shipped, but not in profits. Sorry, but Apple owns the profit on that one.

  • Reply 15 of 19
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,653member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by konqerror View Post


     


    Most likely percent coverage by area, 100% = every square inch paved over.



    Yeah here in Austin we refer to that as "impervious cover".  They try to keep the coverage as low as possible to encourage rainwater infiltration into the aquifers.

  • Reply 16 of 19

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    Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post



    Apple doesn't seem to realize that its period of growth is over and that it's now in decline. Android is winning.¡


     


     


    One question, is Android "winning" like Charlie Sheen "winning"?  

  • Reply 17 of 19
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,036member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by msimpson View Post


     


     


    One question, is Android "winning" like Charlie Sheen "winning"?  



    How the heck does any reference to Android get in this discussion too.


     


    Too many people with too many fixations I suppose. Worse, the off-topic references aren't even coming from "Androiders" (as Anantksundaram calls 'em)image

  • Reply 18 of 19
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    msimpson wrote: »

    One question, is Android "winning" like Charlie Sheen "winning"?  

    Both are prone to viruses but only one is profitable.
  • Reply 19 of 19


    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

    Both are prone to viruses but only one is profitable.


     


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