Apple doubles down on Cupertino again, eyes big new office building
Apple is eyeing a brand-new Cupertino office building that would replace an older office at that site.
CUPERTINO — Apple is eyeing a brand-new Cupertino office building that would replace an older office at that site, a fresh indication of the tech titan’s commitment to expansions and its foothold in Silicon Valley.
The iPhone creator wants to develop a four-story modern office building that would total 282,300 square feet, a project that would sprout on a 7.9-acre site at the corner of Vallco Parkway and North Tantau Avenue next to Interstate 280, according to documents on file with Cupertino city planners.
Apple intends to replace an existing building that totals 141,000 square feet, according to the project proposal filing.
The new development would consist of 280,000 square feet of offices and 2,300 square feet of retail or restaurant space, the planning files show.
“Currently, the project site, located at 19191 Vallco Parkway in Cupertino, is occupied by Apple as part of its Vallco Parkway Campus,” according to a report prepared by Fehr & Peers, an engineering consultant.
At present, the building could accommodate somewhere around 500 to 700 workers, based on typical planning guidelines pertaining to square feet of office space for each employee.
The offices in the new building could potentially provide enough space for 900 to 1,400 workers. It is unknown how many retail or restaurant workers might work in the ground-floor commercial space.
Despite the economic uncertainties that now plague the Bay Area, including the South Bay, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple is one of the tech companies that continues to take steps for future expansion.
Apple has been purchasing office and research sites in multiple locations in Santa Clara County.
With the new office building on Vallco Parkway, Apple intends to shift workers around during the construction period.
The construction timeline wasn’t immediately clear. City officials have yet to give final approval to the project.
“Upon completion, the new building will be reoccupied by Apple,” Fehr & Peers stated in its report.