Apple buys former semiconductor plant

Apple continues on its path to buy all of California. Our favorite tech company has bought a former chip fab in North San Jose, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Apple paid $18.2 million for the 70,000 square foot building at 3725 N. First St., the article adds. It was a manufacturing facility for semiconductor company, Maxim Integrated Products, which was also the seller. 

Pictured is the former Maxim Integrated facility that Apple just bought. The photo is courtesy of the “Silicon Valley Business News.”

Pictured is the former Maxim Integrated facility that Apple just bought. The photo is courtesy of the “Silicon Valley Business News.”

In October it was announced that Apple has secured a deal to build a second spaceship campus in Sunnyvale, California. The article says Apple has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus — a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road "that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley." 

Meanwhile, construction is well underway for Apple’s first spaceship campus, and should be finished by the end of 2016. The new campus, which will supplement and not replace Apple’s current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, was a pet project of the late Steve Jobs. It’s a four-story, 2.8 million square foot building to be built on land formerly occupied by Hewlett Packard’s campus.

Apple has also leased Tech Place on 101, a new 202,000 square foot building that's under construction in north San Jose, California. The office building is adjacent to a 43-acre development site in San Jose that the company has been acquiring through leases and purchases. That site is already approved for development of up to 2.8 million square feet of office space, and it's estimated that the entire north San Jose campus could house up to 20,000 workers.