Letter to Residents Near Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus Construction

People living in and around the area of Apple’s construction site of the Campus 2 in Cupertino are receiving letters from the company updating them on build progress, including road work, utilities and on-site construction. The actual construction  is scheduled to start in April.

While not quite as polished as the informational leaflet sent out in April 2013, the latest progress report gives nearby property owners a heads-up on what to expect from the site in the coming weeks.

Along with ongoing roadwork and public utilities construction, Apple notes it is planning to begin earthwork on the Campus 2 site in April ahead of a move-in date sometime in late 2016.

In the note, Apple’s senior director of real estate and development Dan Whisenhunt mentions a special website set up in partnership with the City of Cupertino that lists current and upcoming events expected to interfere with road traffic in the area. In addition, a general project schedule shows demolition work and street utility work is slated for completion by the end of the second quarter. On-site earthwork and building construction should start next month.

Apple’s letter, dated March 27, 2014, is as follows:

“Dear Neighbor:

I wanted to update you on construction activities for Apple Campus 2. We are now wrapping up demolition of the old buildings on site as well as public utility relocation and roadway construction along Tantau Avenue and Homestead Road. We ran into some unforeseen underground conditions that delayed the utility relocation process, however we expect this work to be completed in the next few weeks.

I also wanted to let you know that, as Homestead and Tantau are reopened, Pruneridge Avenue will then be closed. We currently anticipate the Pruneridge closure by mid April, but it may be as early as April 4th if the weather holds. Please continue to monitor construction signage in the area for the specific day Homestead and Tantau will re-open and Pruneridge will close.

We expect additional work on portions of Tantau and Homestead in April and will continue public utility work on Wolfe Road through the spring and early summer of this year. Once the utility work in the public streets is complete we expect less construction disruption as the vast majority of work will be directly on the project site. We are planning to commence earthwork and construction activity on site in April and currently anticipate occupancy in late 2016.

The City of Cupertino has established the Apple Campus 2 Construction Update webpage at www.cupertino.org/appleconstruction. The webpage provides information on vehicular, bike and pedestrian routes lane closures, construction timelines for various activities and other information. The website is updated each Friday so you can visit the website to learn about upcoming construction work.

As always please feel free to contact us if you should have questions or concerns.”


Apple received final approval of its Campus 2 plans, which were first unveiled in 2011 by Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs, in November. The large circular main structure that resembles a “spaceship” will house over 12,000 employees, while secondary buildings will accommodate meeting and presentation space.

Kyron Timbs
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