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Friday, February 27, 2015
Apple’s New Mothership
TGIF to the viewers!
For this week’s YEOW, we’d like to share with you the Apple Campus
Check out Apple’s new
corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, scheduled to open sometime
next year. The campus sits on175 acres, and houses up to 13,000 employees. The
new building is circular in shape with four stories totaling 2,800,000 square
feet. Read below for some of its green features:
critics charge that Apple's sleek new campus will exemplify the worst aspects
of car-centered suburbia, the vision is loaded with green elements. Here are
six that stand out.
The new plan
will transform an existing site almost entirely covered with buildings and
asphalt into a landscape featuring almost 7,000 trees – including the apple,
apricot, cherry and plum fruit trees that made San Jose's orchards thrive long
before silicon was invented.
Apple Campus 2 is finished, 80 percent of the site will be green space, said Lisa
president of environmental initiative for Apple," ina
video describing the
project. (That's about 100 acres.) "We're maximizing the natural assets of
the area. 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."
the campus will run entirely on renewable energy. The plan calls for about 8
megawatts of solar panels to be installed on the roof of the main,
spaceship-shaped building as well as the parking structures. An unspecified
number of fuel cells also will be installed, with the rest of the electricity
needed for operations sourced through grid-purchased renewable energy.
opposition to the site has centered on its transportation
plan. To combat
those criticisms, Apple has expanded its Transportation Demand Management
program, emphasizing the use of bicycles, shuttles and buses that will link
employees with regional public transit networks. Roughly one-third of the
employees (about 5,000 people) are likely to use this option.
four-story circular design meant to accommodate 14,200 employees has raised
eyebrows, but if you look beyond the shape, the structure itself is being
designed to create as much energy as it uses. There is a strong emphasis on
energy-efficiency: the passive heating and cooling systems will use 30 percent
less than a comparable campus. A central site will contain fuel cells, back-up
generators, chillers, condenser water storage, hot water storage, an electrical
substation and water and fire pumps.
4. Attention to
been paid to reducing the number of impermeable surfaces on the site. (Up to
9,240 of the parking spots, for example, will be underground so that Apple can
invest in landscaping that absorbs water. A recycled water main is under
consideration, and other steps have been taken to minimize water consumption by
about 30 percent below a typical Silicon Valley development. Those measures
include low-flow fixtures, the use of native plans and roof rainwater capture.
5. An expanded
waste management program
diverts about 78 percent of the waste associated with its existing headquarters
from landfills. The proposal calls for the company to recycle or reuse any
construction waste; from an operations perspective, it will step up recycling
from solid waste sources as well as the use of composting.
6. A sharpened
focus on commuting alternatives
As part of its
transportation program, the plan calls for buffered bike lanes on streets
adjacent to the campus that are segregated from vehicular lanes and that also
allow for bikes to pass each other. The focus will be on encouraging all
employees that live within 15 minutes of the campus to use sustainable or
public transportation alternatives. The site will start with 300 electric
vehicle charging stations, with the built-in capacity to expand.
working with the local utility SRP to supply its new factory completely with
additional renewable energy, such as geothermal and solar power, Apple is
recognizing the importance of integrating renewables into the grid," said
Noah Horowitz, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
"Their approach starts with energy efficiency in the facility's design and
operation, and then ensures the load is met by renewables; this will benefit
Apple's shareholders as well as the environment."