A year after announcing a massive expansion into Austin, Apple is revealing details about its brand-new, $1 billion campus. On November 20, the California-based tech giant announced it has broken ground on its new campus, which is expected to open in 2022.
The 133-acre property is situated near McNeil Lane in North Austin and just a short drive from its Parmer Lane manufacturing facility where production on the next generation of Mac Book Pro is currently underway. Once open, the new campus will feature 3 million square feet of office space capable of housing 5,000 employees, though the company says it could scale that to 15,000. It will also feature a 50-acre nature preserve open to the public.
Speaking of preservation, Apple says it's partnering with Austin-based Bartlett Tree Experts to preserve some of the property's native trees while planting new ones. "Thousands of trees spanning over 20 varieties native to Texas are planned for the campus — significantly more than were on the site before construction started," notes a release.
Site plans also include landscaping and dedicated green space. Like all Apple facilities, the North Austin campus will run on 100-percent renewable energy.
“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,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a release. “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."
As the Austin-American Statesman reported in December 2018, Apple's campus announcement was greeted with multimillion-dollar tax incentives from Williamson County and the state's Texas Enterprise Fund.
Of course, the timing of this announcement is quite fortuitous, considering Cook and President Trump are scheduled to tour the company's North Austin production facility later today. In September, Apple announced it was moving production of its Mac Book Pro from China to Texas, a move applauded by lawmakers, including Trump, who tweeted the news in Trumpian fashion.
Speaking of the president, Air Force One will touch down at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport around 1:20 pm. From there, the president and crew will travel to Apple's facility on Parmer Lane. Though no exact route is given, drivers should expect closures and delays on 183 as the motorcade travels from ABIA to the Apple production facility.