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November 30, 2012

Rumors Fly as Apple Expands to a Two-Building Campus in Santa Clara

By Tabitha Naylor, Contributing Writer

Apple (News - Alert) Inc. hasn’t stopped from expanding, although its forthcoming spaceship style campus won’t be unveiled for at least four years. As previously reported, there are far more Apple Inc. employees than there is space for everyone to work.

This is one reason why many employees have to take their projects elsewhere. Mercury News reported that in Santa Clara, Apple is expanding to a two-building campus and in Sunnyvale; the company also has a second campus.

Whether these campuses are permanent or not, has not yet been officially clarified. One report from Mercury News stated that Apple Inc. was hoping to sign short term leases, but ended up with long-term leases instead.

Measuring 188,000 square feet, the first building is due to be completed in less than two years, while the second building will measure 108,000 square feet. The new buildings are said to be about six stories high. Reported to measure 2.8 million square feet and hold approximately 12,000 employees, neither building is as large or grand as the highly anticipated space ship campus.

What Apple Inc. is doing is one of the highest levels of expansion. This Santa Clara project is build-to-suit. “You don’t go to that level of commitment, unless you have a longer-term plan to occupy that building,” said Todd Shaffer, senior vice president for Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank.

Tim Bajarin, Creative Strategies analyst, mentioned that these aggressive expansion plans indicate that Apple Inc. is doing well. Apple’s ability to achieve innovation cannot be underestimated since not only are its products in demand, but it also continues to hire. The question that remains unanswered is whether Apple Inc. has a big project or two in the near future. To find out, the only way is to wait and see what Apple does next.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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