In 2006, Steve Jobs announced to the city council of Cupertino, CA that Apple had acquired nine contiguous properties to build a Apple Campus 2. Apple has had a presence in Cupertino since 1977, which is why the company decided to build in the area rather than move to a cheaper location.
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Once completed, Apple’s campus will feature a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building. The building will host a 100,000 square foot fitness center, an underground parking lot, a 120,000 square foot auditorium for events, as well as a visitors center with observation deck, Apple Store, and a cafe. The entire campus will be covered with hundreds of trees and orchards. Inside the ring will be a central garden to host outdoor dining for employees. Apple is on track to complete the construction by the end of 2016. Total cost for the project is estimated at 5 billion dollars – a billion dollars more than the new World Trade Center.