Apple Spaceship Campus Won't Be Landing Before Mid-2016

By Khurram Aziz | Nov 22, 2012 12:52 PM EST

Construction of Apple's new spaceship-like 2.8 million square-foot campus in Cupertino, California has been hit by delays and won't be ready until mid-2016 - a year behind schedule.

Bloomberg reports that Apple submitted revised plans to the City of Cupertino council, with construction now set to being in 2014. That means the project won't be completed by 2015 as Steve Jobs had originally planned.

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Jobs' original plans for the campus were for a massive circular building designed to hold over 12,000 employees. The new plans are a slight modification of his original vision, and require moving a 1,000-seat auditorium farther away from a road, adding more parking spots, removing a footbridge over a creek and adding a new building to house utility equipment.

"They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly," David Brandt, Cupertino's city manager told Bloomberg. "The project is running a little bit slow."

Apple spokesperson, Amy Bessette said the new site, dubbed Apple Campus 2, "will be a new home for our company and an important part of the lives of more than 12,000 Apple employees."

"With that in mind, we have approached this project with the same care and attention to detail we pay when designing any Apple product. We look forward to moving the project forward with the city and beginning construction."

The final campus will still be a four storey glass-dominated structure surrounded amidst a natural landscape housing over 7,000 trees.

It is one of several projects started by Jobs before his death a year ago, which is only now seeing realization.

Last month, a yacht that the Apple co-founder was working on finally launched in the Netherlands.

Christened 'Venus', the boat was the product of a collaboration between Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck, who is also responsible for Apple's stores.

The lightweight aluminium ship, features ten-foot-high windows across the hull and an interior which includes a bank of seven 27-inch Mac computers.

The city of Cupertino said it plans to post the new designs for Apple Campus 2 online after Thanksgiving, giving it time to have added enough servers to handle the torrent of traffic it expects from Apple fans wanting a sneak peak.

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