Construction Underway on Apple's New Texas Campus
For close to a year now, Apple has been jumping the legal, political, and logistical hurdles standing between the Mac maker and its proposed new $300 million campus in Austin, Texas. Promising thousands of new jobs in the region, Apple finally secured the necessary permissions to make it happen.
This week, reports on the scene confirmed that construction has officially begun. The 39-acre campus will include one million square feet of new office space, dramatically building upon the thriving presence Apple has already established in the region.
“They [Apple] are not necessarily moving operations from California to Texas," says Austin's Economic Development Manager, Brian Gildea. "(Companies) are capping their growth in California and many have selected Austin as a viable alternative.”
As of this writing, it is estimated that Apple employs somewhere around 3,500 people in Austin. Once the campus construction is completed in 2014, the process of staffing the new campus to the tune of 7,000 total employees can begin in earnest.