Apple's New Austin Campus With On-Site Health & Fitness Centers Nearing Completion


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Apr 12, 2001

While much of the real estate focus for Apple has been on Campus 2 in Cupertino and surrounding areas, the company has also been working hard on expanding its presence in Austin, Texas where it has for many years housed much of its operations and support efforts. Back in 2012, Apple announced a $300 million commitment to expand in Austin with a new seven-building campus and up to an additional 3,600 employees.

In June 2014, Tim Cook visited the campus as the first buildings opened, and the Austin American-Statesman has gotten a look inside the campus as Apple is rapidly moving toward completion with four buildings done and the remaining three to be completed in about a year.
Along a winding road off Research Boulevard in Northwest Austin, Apple has quietly transformed 38 acres of wooded land into its second-largest operation in the world.

When the California-based technology giant completes the campus in 2016, it will include seven limestone-and-glass office buildings with a combined 1.1 million square feet of space with restaurants, smoothie and coffee bars along with a full-scale gym with two saunas and a spa-like wellness center with services including medical, dental and eye care, acupuncture and massage.

Apple reportedly remains on track to receive a $35 million tax break for reaching its hiring goals and has been working closely with the city to bring on local suppliers from the community.

Even as work continues on the new campus, Apple is looking elsewhere in Austin for further growth opportunities, purchasing a nearby 350,000 square foot campus it had already been leasing and leasing a new 216,000 square foot office building elsewhere in Austin.

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macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2006
All of this makes me want to move to California and work for them. Too bad the cheapest houses over there cost over $600,000. I'll never be able to afford that.

But I believe there is more money to be made by being a 3rd-party developer than just have a regular salary working in the Apple ecosystem.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 16, 2014
Wow, dental and vision care even? Acupuncture and massage?? My company is a multi-billion dollar and we're lucky to have a nurse office and no health club.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 24, 2007
Austin, TX
I wish some of this business would head back to California take its California prices with it. I love Apple, but this kind of stuff makes it unaffordable for me to live in Austin as a teacher.


macrumors 68020
Aug 14, 2007
On-site fitness centres? These are just modern hampster-wheels for humans!

Good luck, Apple corporate drones!!

(Ok, have to admit I'm a tiny bit jealous...)


macrumors newbie
Aug 4, 2011
As it happens, I work for another company in the Riata complex, just down the road from Apple and drive by every morning on my way to work.

It's a beautiful complex, and it's been cool watching it go up. A couple of things that don't come out in the story:

All of the office buildings are on the *inside* of the ring, and they're surrounded by parking garages; the garages effectively form a wall to close them off from the surrounding streets.

There were three older, 2-story buildings at the south end of the property. These are the buildings that they were leasing and have now bought. When I drive by in the morning, or at lunch, the parking lots attached to them are now almost vacant. Also, where I could see cube farms inside the older buildings, they now appear to be substantially vacant. My conclusion? They are planning on a substantial remodeling or replacement of these original buildings.

There is also a large tract of land on the northwest corner of Riata Vista Circle and Diehl Trail that someone - there's no indication who - has recently cleared and appears to be about to start construction on. This is probably unrelated, but is interesting.

Finally... there's a Starbuck's at the corner of Parmer and McNeil Dr. If I stop in on my morning commute, there's always at least a handful of people waiting wearing Apple badges. Usually, they're in the majority.


macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
Jony Ive often talks about spending a lot of time designing things in products that people don't even see.

Somewhat ironically, he's spent a lot of time co-desigining a room that he'll never see. :D


macrumors newbie
Jul 8, 2015
The more employees apple can get out of California, the more money they save. With Apple receiving more than 60% of their revenue from sales outside the USA, and with most of their excess cash residing outside the USA, why don't we ever hear about apple's foreign operations?

Bet if apple had known about the deteriorating conditions in California, they would have never started that behemoth building there. But then they can always sell it to the Chinese.

Intel's USA fabrication costs are 30% higher than fab costs outside the USA. I can only imagine the billions it is costing for apple's California presence. As I periodically remind my son who installs fab equipment for Intel, there are thousands of Chinese and Indians more qualified for your job than you are that would be happy to do your job for half of what you are getting paid.


macrumors 65816
Feb 7, 2010
deteriorating conditions in California
LOL prices going up means there is more demand. That doesn't suggest "deteriorating conditions". People don't want to "save money," they're willing to pay extra for a superior Californian experience.

Ditto for US fabs. There's obviously an advantage for Intel to pay 35% more, otherwise they'd be irrationally throwing money away. There are other costs than direct wage costs and benefits other than saving money.

You sound like the kind of guy who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.


macrumors newbie
Jun 6, 2014
Sort of embarrassing that they would include a facility that does acupuncture. Why don't they just put up a sign that says, "We endorse pseudo-scientific BS!"


macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
Sort of embarrassing that they would include a facility that does acupuncture. Why don't they just put up a sign that says, "We endorse pseudo-scientific BS!"
If someone wants to take advantage of it and it provides them with something, then it's all good. Massage is just something to relax the muscles and tissue in a sense, and acupuncture can be seen as something similar. If they are doing it as some sort of a cure for something or as some sort of a medical thing, that's one thing, if they are doing it along the lines of massages and just general working out in a gym, then it's not really that much different.
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