Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

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Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.


Rendering of Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center. | Source: Apple


As noted by BuildZoom, which spotted Apple's build permit last month, the cost does not include a $26 million estimate for an underground parking structure with 684 stalls, to be located below the 20,135-square-foot visitor center. In total, Apple is spending in excess of $106 million in construction and infrastructure costs on the project.

Apple is contracting most of the work out to BNBuilders at a cost of nearly $4,000 per square foot, which BuildZoom notes is more than double the $1,500 per square foot price for Campus 2 proper.

Plans for the forthcoming visitor center were unearthed last year. A detailed rendering and accompanying build plan describe a two-story glass-walled structure with space for a 10,114-square-foot store, 2,386-square-foot cafe and an observation deck with views of Campus 2's "spaceship" main office building. Apple tentatively pegs visitor center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

After seeing early setbacks that led to budget overruns and contractor changes, Apple's Campus 2 project is back on track for a move-in later this year. Most recently, an aerial video showed the spaceship's massive curved glass panels being installed.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,771member
    So less than 1 day's profit pays for it entirely.
    edited January 2016 cornchip
  • Reply 2 of 10
    I moved into a new 10 story office building 3 years ago and in total I think they spent $115M, and it's a really nice building. Apple is spending almost that much on a visitor center. Wow. This is what Jony Ive said about the visitor center in that New Yorker profile:

    Before we went outside, Ive showed me the work he’d done on staircases, and on the signage for employee security-card readers; we examined brightly colored polycarbonate panels that will help people establish where, beneath the loop, they have parked. Pinned to a wall were alternate versions of a visitor reception center, separate from the loop. Seen from above, both were modified rectangles. One, marked “Pill,” had half-circles at either end. The other ended in a more familiar Apple way, and was labelled “iPhone.” “We should be done, but we’re still redoing and redoing,” Ive said. He had recently introduced the iPhone option, partly for fear that a visitor approaching the Pill by its rounded ends might mistake it for an echo of the main building. He had also insisted—“a big fight”—on simplifying the control panels of the Mitsubishi elevators.

  • Reply 3 of 10
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,428member
    Jony should have added a ride for visitors akin to Disney's AT&T Sphere at EPCOT (or whatever it's called today, I've not been for a while).  Traveling through an animatronic history of Apple from the 1970's to the present on board a moving Apple Car!  Walter Cronkite narration and all.
    edited January 2016 rogifan_old
  • Reply 4 of 10
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 787member
    So wait the new cafe will be open to the public? The one thing I absolutely miss about working at Apple was Cafe Mac. Hands down some of the best, most inexpensive cafeteria food I have ever eaten. 
  • Reply 5 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,771member
    JinTech said:
    So wait the new cafe will be open to the public?
    Two different cafés.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 787member
    ireland said:
    JinTech said:
    So wait the new cafe will be open to the public?
    Two different cafés.
    Right I get that, just wondering if this one will be open to the public without the need of an employee signing you in.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    irelandireland Posts: 17,771member
    JinTech said:
    ireland said:
    Two different cafés.
    Right I get that, just wondering if this one will be open to the public without the need of an employee signing you in.

    Visitor Center.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    JinTech said:
    So wait the new cafe will be open to the public? The one thing I absolutely miss about working at Apple was Cafe Mac. Hands down some of the best, most inexpensive cafeteria food I have ever eaten. 
    Ever been to the Musical Instrument Museum in Arizona? In addition to being an absolutely fascinating collection of instruments from all over the world, their cafe food is outstanding.

    http://mim.org
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 9 of 10
    Jony should have added a ride for visitors akin to Disney's AT&T Sphere at EPCOT (or whatever it's called today, I've not been for a while).  Traveling through an animatronic history of Apple from the 1970's to the present on board a moving Apple Car!  Walter Cronkite narration and all.
    Trying to imagine an animatronic Steve Jobs giving a speech like Disney's Abraham Lincoln....lol.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    For the person who asked about the ride at Apple Campus 2. There will be a ride for apple campus 2. Its called Apple car. Apple cars concept will market tie to apple campus 2. Apples store concept has changed little since steve jobs introduction shortly after 1998. Apple Campus 2s apple stores cafe will have apples internet service making it an internet cafe. This will create a social space where geeks can meet, have lunch and collaborate on projects or do meetups.
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