California Fast-Tracks Apple’s HQ “Spaceship” in Cupertino

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor Apple’s plans to build a cutting-edge headquarters in Cupertino have been placed on the fast track by Gov. Jerry Brown. The state’s decision will help ensure that Apple will make its announced 2015 deadline for completing the project. Sustainable features anchored the argument  for shepherding the project through the California’s rigorous environmental review. Brown commented [...]

Apple’s plans to build a cutting-edge headquarters in Cupertino have been placed on the fast track by Gov. Jerry Brown. The state’s decision will help ensure that Apple will make its announced 2015 deadline for completing the project.

Sustainable features anchored the argument  for shepherding the project through the California’s rigorous environmental review. Brown commented that the project “brings at least $100 million in investment to California,” a potential that combined with planned net-zero emissions to earn a streamlined review. Furthermore, Apple qualified for  fast-track status in part because of its use of envionmentally friendly technologies. Fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels will provide sustainable energy to more than 12,000 employees.

According to legislation enacted last year, the Cupertino project qualifies as a “leadership project” and therefore would therefore face a streamlined judicial process in the event of court challenges. The Mercury News pointed out that expediting the process  will help ensure that regulators honor the approved timeline.

Apple’s headquarters will showcase a design reminiscent of a spaceship and reflecting Apple’s iconic style. The structure’s clean, circular lines will pay homage to the iPhone, the iPad and the Mac line. It is also among the final projects overseen by the late Steve Jobs, who was intensely involved in the new headquarters’ design development.

Rendering courtesy of cupertino.org