Apple rumored to expand San Jose presence with new campus lease

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in General Discussion edited July 2015
A report on Friday claims Apple recently signed the lease on a nearly 300,000-square-foot office and R&D complex in San Jose, Calif., as part of plans to expand into areas surrounding its home base in Cupertino.


101 Tech campus in San Jose, Calif.


Citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports Apple will take over the 101 Tech campus at 2325 Orchard Parkway, an almost 300,000-square-foot multi-use space with room for research and development, offices and more.

Purchased by developer Ellis Partners in 2011 and renovated 2012, the 101 Tech campus used to serve as the corporate headquarters of semiconductor manufacturer Atmel Corp. Ellis' renovation created sunlit open workspaces and major alterations to outdoor amenities, the report said. As building permits have yet to be filed, it remains unclear as to what Apple intends to do with the site.

Apple, which already inhabits a relatively small office next to the headquarters of Hewlett-Packard spinoff Agilent, was rumored in May to be looking for up to 1.5 million square feet of office space in San Jose. At the time, 101 Tech was on the shortlist of potential candidate sites, another being mixed-use development Coleman Highline.

With booming product sales and record revenues, Apple is quickly outgrowing its current infrastructure. The company is in the midst of constructing a gigantic 2.8-million-square-foot flagship campus in Cupertino, temporarily dubbed Campus 2, designed to house 13,000 employees. Campus 2 is slated for completion in summer 2016 at the earliest, but those estimates might be optimistic given Apple recently dumped two contractors from the project. As a more immediate solution, the company has been buying up commercial real estate in Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

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  • Reply 1 of 6

    Go Sharks!

  • Reply 2 of 6
    ksecksec Posts: 1,532member
    Why is it Apple continue to lease property? I hope someday when the price falls again they could use their cash and just buy them outright.
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    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,948member
    ksec wrote: »
    Why is it Apple continue to lease property? I hope someday when the price falls again they could use their cash and just buy them outright.
    smarter to lease especially in Silicon Valley where real estate is like gold. Many more big buildings have been built a long Freeway 101 from SJ airport to Santa Clara Great America for big names like Ericsson, Hitachi, Fujitsu...
  • Reply 4 of 6
    greatrixgreatrix Posts: 95member
    'The bigger the grow, the harder they fall', comes to mind. Apple needs to be aware of the pitfall of being too big and outgrowing its potential at all times.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    bobringerbobringer Posts: 105member

    Apple is buying the San Jose Sharks?

  • Reply 6 of 6
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,378member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ksec View Post



    Why is it Apple continue to lease property? I hope someday when the price falls again they could use their cash and just buy them outright.

     

     

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    Originally Posted by fallenjt View Post





    smarter to lease especially in Silicon Valley where real estate is like gold. Many more big buildings have been built a long Freeway 101 from SJ airport to Santa Clara Great America for big names like Ericsson, Hitachi, Fujitsu...

     

    Even when companies own their own buildings/land, they tend to either sell them to a third party and lease them back or form their own real-estate company and lease it back from that company.     Due to accounting and tax issues, it seems to make more economic sense.  

     

    And unless the economy takes a big nosedive in localities where these firms exist, it's unlikely that real-estate prices are going down anytime soon.    What's the percentage of empty Class-A office space in Cupertino, San Jose or elsewhere nearby?   I don't know what it is, but if it's under 10%, prices aren't going to drop.   

     

    The bigger question is whether this is a short term (until Campus 2 is ready) or long term lease for Apple.  

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