One of the world’s most anticipated buildings is nearly complete – new drone footage shows that Apple’s $5 billion solar-powered “spaceship” office is on track to meet its 2016 completion goal. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Campus 2 will be the “greenest building on the planet.” A new drone video taken by aerial videographer Matthew Roberts earlier this month shows Apple putting the finishing touches on its shiny new campus.
The new video shows remarkable progress has been made on Apple’s circular building as well as the Research and Development facility, which looks to be very close to completion. The drone footage, along with recent photos featured on the French blog MacGeneration show that only one crane is currently on site. The rooftops – including the “tantau roof” on the security kiosk – are all in place and solar panels are being installed. The “construction foam” is almost entirely covered with soil for the landscaping efforts that will be needed for the massive 2.8-million-square-foot development.
Once complete, the Apple Campus 2 will house over 13,000 employees. The spectacular (and expensive) four-story donut-shaped building is expected to meet net-zero energy standards by generating 100 percent of its power from renewable energy sources – including 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels.
The building is slated for completion by the end of 2016, with a move-in date scheduled for 2017.