New photos of Apple Campus 2 show concrete foundation work, rebar installations

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in General Discussion edited August 2014
Three new aerial photos of Apple's Campus 2 construction site show rapid progress being made on the main circular building's foundation, including rebar work for below grade retaining walls and the addition of interior "tunnels."


Source: Ron Cervi via Twitter


The images, shared on Twitter by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi, come nearly three weeks after the last batch of photos showed initial progress on the "spaceship's" substructure.

As seen above, it appears preparations are being made to pour the concrete foundation that will serve as a base for the three-story building. Of note is rebar work being done to retaining walls ringing the build's perimeter, which will likely be paired with a comprehensive drainage system to avoid water ingress and lower level flooding.

Cervi's flyover also reveals crews have been digging out troughs in the central courtyard area, the purpose of which is not yet known. The "tunnels" are accompanied by what looks to be pipes, concrete stanchions and metalwork to be used as part of the build's substructure.



Apple won final approval for its Campus 2 headquarters from the Cupertino City Council last November after late cofounder Steve Jobs presented original architectural plans in 2011.

In July, a full-scale segment of the main structure's glass and metal facade was constructed in Germany for materials demonstration and testing. Included in the mockup was a distinctive eave feature with integrated air vent that will cycle fresh air throughout the building, illustrating just one of many novel ideas applied to Campus 2's design.

Construction of the large main office building is slated for completion by 2016, though it is unclear if other structures like an above-ground parking lot, auxiliary office space and maintenance buildings will be done in the same time frame.
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  • Reply 1 of 54
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Any savvy readers want to annotate these images to point out different features?
  • Reply 2 of 54
    Can we please stop calling it a "spaceship"? If a metaphorical name is required, how about "ring" (Or, maybe iWatch campus?)
  • Reply 3 of 54
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Can we please stop calling it a "spaceship"? If a metaphorical name is required, how about "ring" (Or, maybe iWatch campus?)

    How about arc reactor or super collider or space arc collider?
  • Reply 4 of 54
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,435member
    You can see it from space! Should have modified the circle into the shape of the Apple logo.
  • Reply 5 of 54
    asterionasterion Posts: 108member
    How about circus tent?
  • Reply 6 of 54
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Ron needs a better camera

  • Reply 7 of 54
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    You can see it from space! Should have modified the circle into the shape of the Apple logo.

    To me that would be too kitsch and tacky. I don't think it would stand the test of time if they did that.
  • Reply 8 of 54
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    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post



    You can see it from space! Should have modified the circle into the shape of the Apple logo.

    That's a cute idea!  But companies do change their logos from time to time, so it would be risky.  Not to mention limiting the re-sale value of the property, when Apple decides to relocate headquarters completely to Ireland.  Or when they need to downsize (they are doomed, after all).

  • Reply 9 of 54
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
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    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    Any savvy readers want to annotate these images to point out different features?

     

    A Different Feature...

     

    Apple won approval November 2013 and slated for completion by 2016.

     

    Locally where I live, we have had an intersection being moved a little from where it is and expanded regarding lanes, started in 2009 with funds received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  They still aren't done!  Talk about your job security!!!

  • Reply 10 of 54
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    Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post



    Can we please stop calling it a "spaceship"? If a metaphorical name is required, how about "ring" (Or, maybe iWatch campus?)

    Just so you know, when Steve Jobs spoke in front of the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, he *himself* said, in describing the building, "It's a little like a spaceship landed".  You can hear him say so at the 5:00 mark in this video:  

  • Reply 11 of 54

    The tunnel in the courtyard will travel into the underground parking structure, likely for maintenance & facilities access.

  • Reply 12 of 54
    dewmedewme Posts: 3,532member
    Wow. Rebar. I'm so excited I can barely stand it.

    Maybe tomorrow a juicy inside story about Apple's lawn care service?
  • Reply 13 of 54
    drowdrow Posts: 124member
    they're building a geofront, they'll never stop digging!
  • Reply 14 of 54
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Any savvy readers want to annotate these images to point out different features?

    Yeah, okay, the white thing near the center of the ring is a crane...
  • Reply 15 of 54
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Any savvy readers want to annotate these images to point out different features?
    Yeah, okay, the white thing near the center of the ring is a crane...

    And that brown stuff is dirt...

    :D
  • Reply 16 of 54
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    Originally Posted by asterion View Post



    How about circus tent?

    That's the nickname for the Denver International Airport

  • Reply 17 of 54
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    And that brown stuff is dirt...



    image

    And there appears to be a yellow water truck wetting the dirt so it doesn't all blow away :)

  • Reply 18 of 54
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,748member

    I hope they have set up a high res, time-lapse camera to capture all of this activity.

  • Reply 19 of 54
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member

    When the thing is finally finished and Apple moves in, they’ll obviously dedicate a portion of their first keynote in the new building to the construction of Infinite Loop. And, of course, that will include one of those time lapse montages of construction images.

     

    But we’ll be able to one-up them, as AI will be able to have a time-lapse montage of articles about the construction!

  • Reply 20 of 54
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member

    Always love seeing these. Like looking into a demitasse of a perfectly pulled espresso.

     

    edit: (well maybe some of the slightly earlier photos)

    edit 2: Does this comment sound like a pretentious hipster douchebag? That's Me!  8-)

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