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Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus May Not be Finished Until 2016

Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus May Not be Finished Until 2016

A construction timetable Apple has submitted to the city of Cupertino says that the company may not be able to start work on their “Spaceship Campus” project until 2014, pushing back the expected completion date to 2016.


The updated proposal, discovered by Bloomberg, was submitted on Nov. 14 and notes that Apple had wanted to break ground in 2012, but an environmental impact report may not be completed until June of next year.

“They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly,” said Cupertino city manager David Brandt, pointing out that much relies on the city council’s approval and lack of opposition from residents. “The project is running a little bit slow.”

The November 14th submission reportedly uses the same rendering as have been seen in previous reports, and not much has changed since the original plans were filed, save the relocation of an auditorium, which will be farther away from a nearby road.

The city was made aware of the changes in August, but with Apple filing in November, an early 2013 approval is unrealistic. The complex was originally planned for a 2015 completion date.

The recently submitted plans will be posted online after Thanksgiving, said Aarti Shrivastava, director of community development for the city of Cupertino. The city is reported to be preparing additional servers to handle the expected spike in traffic.