In the Bay Area, major tech companies like Twitter and Square are building new headquarters with environmental office solutions in mind. Apple is slated to complete construction of its 2.8 million square-foot structure in 2016, the Telegraph reported.
Apple’s Campus 2, commonly known as the spaceship office, may be large in size, but the plans for the structure include an outdoor landscape with 7,000 trees native to the California area. This green initiative was former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ plan to bring “California back to Cupertino,” according to Wired.
Architect Norman Foster told Wired that Jobs had noted California was once considered “the fruit bowl of America,” and Apple wants to bring back this idea by planting 309 native plant and tree species, taking up 80 percent of the 176-acre office.
When Campus 2 is completed, Apple will no longer have its 13,000 employees spread across 57 offices. However, members of research and development will continue to work outside of the main building.
Foster and Lisa Jackson, the business’ vice president of environmental initiatives and former EPA administrator in the Obama administration, are doing their best to make Apple’s facility one of the most environmentally friendly offices. Here are a few of the plans the tech company has for the spaceship.
Instead of only allowing rainwater to runoff to designated locations, the roof will also have rainwater capture. Harnessing this natural resource will help Apple manage the landscaping. Low water fixtures will also be installed across campus.
The roof of the building and secondary parking garage will be filled with solar panels. From there, the energy from the sun will be collected into fuel cells and natural gas will be combined to it to create biogas, Tree Hugger explained.
The office’s design and location will allow radiant cooling and natural ventilation for a majority of the year.
“We’re maximizing the natural assets of the area,” Jackson said in a video describing the office. “This area has a great climate, so 75 percent of the year, we won’t need air conditioning or heating, we’ll have natural ventilation.”
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