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Apple’s ambitious Campus 2 now expected to open in 2016, following submission of altered plans

The submission of subtly revised building plans to city officials has seen the opening of Apple’s ambitious new campus delayed from 2015 to the middle of 2016. Initially revealed in 2011 by the late Steve Jobs, it was hoped construction work would begin next year, however a 2014 start date is now more likely.

The ultra-modern Campus 2 project has been moving forward, however the pace has been slower than expected, as the council has yet to complete its environmental study and isn’t expected to do so until June 2013. This, combined with the newly submitted plans, has seen the completion date slip.

Apple resubmitted plans for the campus last week, with several small changes made to them. These include a new utility building and more parking spaces, as the amount of staff the campus will be home to has been increased from 13,000 to 14,200.

In the grounds, a footbridge over a creek has been removed from the plans, a 1,000-seat auditorium has been shifted further away from an access road and finally, Apple wants to complete the construction without having to use trucks to remove dirt from the area.

According to Bloomberg.com, the artist renderings of the main building are unchanged. Cupertino’s city manager told them although no “super-significant” changes had been made, the fact alterations had been filed now meant approval early next year was “unrealistic.”

It’s still hoped that Apple could break ground in 2013, but this depends not only on city approval of the new plans and the prompt completion of the environmental checks, but also on local residents not filing complaints.

Set to become one of the largest buildings in the world, Apple’s spaceship-style, circular Campus 2 will measure nearly a mile long in circumference, and contain 2.8-million square feet of space. It’s going to be built on the grounds of Hewlett Packard’s old campus in Cupertino, California.