Apple today announced that it is going to build a new campus in Austin on a 3 million sq. foot land. The company says that its new Austin campus will initially house 5,000 employees when it opens in 2022.
The campus will have the capacity to house up to 15,000 employees. The campus is located near the production facility that is making the Mac Pro which will start shipping to customers in December.
The production facility is 244,000 sq. foot big and employs more than 500 people. Apple and its partners have invested over $200 million in the production facility and each Mac Pro travels over a 1,000 feet long production line.
“Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”
Apple is partnering with Bartlett Tree Experts to preserve and increase the diversity of trees on the campus. The company plans to design the campus with landscaping cover 60 percent of the area which will include a 50-acre nature and wildlife preserve that will be accessible to the public. The campus will run entirely on renewable energy just like other campuses of the company.