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Old Jun 10, 2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Progress on Apple Campus 2 Continues as Walls Go Up




Construction at Apple's Spaceship campus continues, with the circular building beginning to take shape according to an image posted to Twitter by KCBS news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi (via 9to5Mac).

In the most recent shot, a wall has been built around the perimeter of the building, outlining where the foundation will be poured. A different tweet by @DawnMortensen notes that Pruneridge Avenue, a road that runs through the campus itself, has been permanently closed.

Street-level photographs back in December revealed several buildings still standing, but another aerial photo from February suggested a large portion of the demolition work had been completed. During construction, Apple has closed off sidewalks and built a large green privacy fence to keep the area hidden.

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Progress on #ApplesNewHQ, a small wall around the foundation of the spaceship has sprouted. #sky1hightechtour pic.twitter.com/iM3JrIQUBH - Ron (@Sky1Ron) June 10, 2014
Cervi has been posting a number of images of the campus over the past few months, tracking the progress of construction. Campus 2 is expected to open in 2016.

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Old Jun 10, 2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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maybe 2017/2018

even dec. 31st 2016 seems a bit...optimistic. Just moving the amount of material, let alone the construction/fit & finish seems to push a reasonable estimate beyond 2016.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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It's coming along quickly. Seems like progress is being made not too long after Steve brought it before the City Council for such a huge project.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 05:52 PM   #4
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are they making a giant sand igloo?
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 05:58 PM   #5
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Wow those 'tiny' trucks really give you a sense of scale of the whole thing. I hope we get some decent photos of the inside and out when it's completed, since I'm never going to be able to go in person haha!
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:07 PM   #6
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My guess is that Apple didn't close the sidewalks or erect the perimeter construction fences. That kind of thing is the responsibility of the contractor.

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are they making a giant sand igloo?
Recompacting the soil.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:07 PM   #7
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So, are there any builders here who want to shed light on how you make the foundation level for such a large building, and what are the tolerances usually?
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:12 PM   #8
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Nice, looks pretty impressive. I expect endless polo mint jokes will follow it's completion haha.

But where are they going to park 15,000 cars? I believe that's the number of employee's they expect to work there.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:13 PM   #9
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:13 PM   #10
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:14 PM   #11
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wow those homes are so close. I'd be kinda bent about that.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:14 PM   #12
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As an amature historian, I look at this construction and ponder who will build upon this site in thirty years when Apple, Inc has been purchased/merged into some other corporate multi-national. The only constant is change.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:21 PM   #13
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Nice, looks pretty impressive. I expect endless polo mint jokes will follow it's completion haha.

But where are they going to park 15,000 cars? I believe that's the number of employee's they expect to work there.
Underground parking garage
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wow those homes are so close. I'd be kinda bent about that.
Maybe Tim Cook & the rest of the brass will present each home owner with a special, limited edition Apple Space Campus iPad & an iTunes gift card.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:28 PM   #15
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It looks like one big infinite loop.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:28 PM   #16
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This has probably been posted before...

The new Apple campus looks not too dissimilar to the GCHQ ( Government Communications headquarters) building here in the UK. Although it does seem just a tad bigger :-p
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:29 PM   #17
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Judging by the size of the semi-truck in there, it appears you could have a massive semi-truck demo derby in there
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 06:32 PM   #18
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More non news.
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So, are there any builders here who want to shed light on how you make the foundation level for such a large building, and what are the tolerances usually?
The construction technique for setting up such a large foundation is well established in California for building codes.

First, since it is such a large structure, there is no single foundation. From the public plans of the project, they will consolidate the ground to a flat surface and then embed below the ground steel pillars (typically i-beams) from the ground surface to the bedrock below.

My guess is they are segmenting the circular foundation into "pie sections" of individual pours. This way, when an earthquake comes, the building will ripple on each foundation pour without cracking the structure as a whole. On top of that, each foundation pie section has it's part of the mother-ship built on top of it so it looks like a single structure.

In an architecture and civil engineering view, it is a single loop of multiple structures with cosmetic attachments to each other. This is how Infinite Loop on De Anza is build with more distinction of each foundations.

I wouldn't be surprised if the original proposal of Infinite Loop was closer to this design than the existing structure design on De Anza.
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wow those homes are so close. I'd be kinda bent about that.
You prefer the asphalt and boxes it is replacing? The HP campus went right up to the streets on every side.

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This has probably been posted before...

The new Apple campus looks not too dissimilar to the GCHQ ( Government Communications headquarters) building here in the UK. Although it does seem just a tad bigger :-p
It's disgusting how much tax payer money and power these spying agencies are allocated. All to spy on their own citizens and the citizens of others.
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It's disgusting how much tax payer money and power these spying agencies are allocated. All to spy on their own citizens and the citizens of others.
Coincidently, this article was just posted about street art by Banksy near that building.

http://m.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/banksy-behind-spy-mural-near-britains-intelligence-headquarters-20140611-zs3j0.html

Edit: Clearly, someone is listening is to your thoughts. Best put on the tinfoil

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Have they already dug out and finished the secret underground bunker?
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