Perhaps there is no better indicator of a company’s success than a brand new building. Here are three successful tech giants that are currently working on building new headquarters to accommodate their expanding businesses and growing staff.
1. Apple Campus 2: the ‘Spaceship Campus’
The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Campus 2 project was originally announced in 2011 by Steve Jobs, who predicted it would be “the best office building in the world.” The centerpiece of Apple’s new Cupertino-based headquarters will be its unusual-looking circular main office building that has given the campus its “spaceship” moniker. Apple boasts that the “iconic” centerpiece building will “accommodate up to 12,000 employees.”
The futuristic appearance of the main building is fitting for a campus that Apple says “will become a model for the 21st century workplace — a fantastic place to work, to create, to collaborate, and to shape future technology.” Although the project was originally slated for completion in 2015, it is now planned to be finished in 2016. According to anonymous sources via Bloomberg Businessweek, “the budget for Apple’s Campus 2 has ballooned from less than $3 billion to nearly $5 billion” since it was originally announced.
Like Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) current headquarters, the planned Bay View complex will be built in the Internet search giant’s hometown of Mountain View, California. In fact, the new campus is located close enough to Google’s current base of operations that the company has proposed constructing a bridge over Stevens Creek in order to better connect the two buildings. However, the placement of the potential bridge has created some controversy in the local community.
According to unnamed insider sources via The Mercury News, Google is delaying the project by six to 12 months. Google had previously planned to have the new campus ready by 2015. Although Google did not confirm the leaked construction timeframe, Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari stated that, “We want to make our Bay View campus a terrific and environmentally sustainable place for Googlers to work. To make sure we get it right, we’re being thoughtful in our design process.”
Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich confirmed that the delay is not related to the bridge controversy. “The delay has to do with the actual design of the project, the look and the exterior of the buildings,” stated Rich. The building is being designed by the renowned NBBJ architecture firm. The campus will create 1 million square feet of new office space and is expected to house 3,500 to 5,000 employees. Google is leasing the land from the NASA-Ames research center that is located there.
Although this multinational conglomerate is based in South Korea, Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is planning on building a massive research and development complex in San Jose, California reports CNET. The 1.1 million square foot campus will feature a 10-story LEED Gold-certified office building. The building will accommodate approximately 2,000 workers that will have access to cafes, gardens, and a gym. Like Google, Samsung is using the renowned NBBJ architecture firm.
Samsung released a statement that stated, “Clearly, a critical part of our expanding identity needs to be housed in the U. S. We looked at Silicon Valley and states beyond California as possibilities, but when all was said and done, we selected Silicon Valley as a much larger home base for housing some of the best minds in the country.”
According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Samsung received roughly $7 million in incentives from the city. Samsung broke ground on the building project last week and plans to have it completed by the summer of 2015.
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