Apple CEO and San Francisco Bay Area native Steve Jobs recalls when today's Silicon Valley was covered with orchards instead of office parks. Yesterday the 1972 graduate of Cupertino, California’s Homestead High School unveiled his own small idea for reminding his hometown of its roots: Apple’s new headquarters, to be built on the site of an old Hewlett-Packard facility, will be a four-story “spaceship” housing 12,000 employees – and landscaped with some 6,000 trees, many of them apricot. According to a presentation Jobs gave to the Cupertino City Council, the new campus will reduce the acreage devoted to surface parking on the current site by 90 percent while increasing trees by 60 percent and landscaping by 350 percent. The futuristic circular building – no corner office for anyone! – will be powered by natural gas, relying on the utility grid only as backup. The company hopes to break ground next year and move in by 2015.
"I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world," said Jobs with uncharacteristic bravado.