Apple’s ‘spaceship campus’ is transforming the surrounding area

Apple’s new Cupertino, California headquarters — a a $5 billion, four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot ring that can be seen from space and that locals call the spaceship — “has already helped transform the surrounding area,” according to the New York Times.

In nearbySunnyvale, 95 development projects are in the planning stages. The city manager, Deanna J. Santana, toldthe Times that she had never seen such action before. In Cupertino, a Main Street living and dining complex opened in early 2016. This downtown enclave includes the Lofts, a 120-unit apartment community opening this fall; small shops; and numerous restaurants and cafes.

Other local businesses are also gearing up in anticipation. A Residence Inn at Main Street Cupertino, expected to open in September, has been slightly customized to meet the needs of Apple employees. Guests will have access to Macs and high-speed internet connections, Mark Lynn, a partner with Sand Hill Hotel Management, which operates the hotel and consulted with Apple about what its employees need at a hotel, told the Times.

Apple’s “spaceship” campus will house 12,000 employees on 175-acre dubbed Apple Park. The project was envisioned by the late Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration.