Apple Campus 2 Construction: Drone Flyover

Apple has made progress on the canopies and glass interior and exterior of the main building.

The video above published by Matthew Roberts today shows continued progress on Apple's Campus 2 site, and with construction work continuing between 7 am to 7 pm weekdays and from 9 am to 6 pm weekends, the Apple Campus 2 is on its way to a 2017 grand opening.

In April of 2006, Steve Jobs announced that Apple had acquired nine contiguous properties to build a second campus - now known as the Apple Campus 2 - located just a mile east of the existing Apple Campus.

"We've got almost 12,000 people in the area," Jobs declared during his meeting with the Cupertino Council. "So we're renting buildings - not very good buildings, either - at an ever-greater radius from our campus, and we're putting people in those. And it's clear that we need to build a new campus."

After a six-hour debate, on October 15, 2013, Cupertino City Council unanimously approved Apple's plans.

Campus 2 was initially expected to begin construction in 2013 and open in 2015, but with a project of this magnitude, it experienced delays and started in 2014; the new scheduled date for opening is now expected to be in 2017.

The land for Campus 2 alone was an estimated $160 million, with the project costing an estimated $500 million; a drop in the bucket for a company that has made more money than, well, anyone, ever. Although, estimates have gone up to nearly $5 billion as of 2013.

The new campus is located on 175 acres, and will be able to hold approximately 13,000 employees. The building itself is roughly 2,800,000 square feet, including a café for 3,000 people, 1,000 seat auditorium, a 300,000 sq ft R&D facilities, a dedicated generating plant as the primary source of electricity, a fitness centre, and an orchard.

According to Tim Cook, Apple is working alongside Steve Jobs’ family to come up with an idea for the “right way” to pay tribute to him with Apple’s upcoming “spaceship campus.”