Contractors have been building the largest Apple campus outside Silicon Valley, in Northwest Austin, Texas, as part of the company’s efforts to expand its U.S. operations.
As the Austin American-Statesman reported, a 38-acre wooded area along a road off Research Boulevard is being transformed into a new Apple campus, making it the largest global operation outside the Bay Area.
Upon completion at the end of 2016, the premises will cover 1.1 million square feet, at West Parmer Lane and Delcour Drive. The site will house around 7000 employees and accommodate 7 office buildings, as well as restaurants, a wellness center and a full-scale gym.
The company is due to receive $35 million in tax incentives from the local government, and in exchange it will be creating approximately 3,600 new jobs, aside from maintaining at least 3,100 current ones.
Provided that these figures are complied with, Apple could become the second largest IT employer in central Texas, surpassed only by Dell Inc., which employs 14,000 people. Currently, Apple is advertising hundreds of vacancies, for jobs located in the new campus and in other areas also.
Professionals are sought, with expertise in a variety of fields, such as sales, customer support, IT, engineering, finance, accounting or HR. Some of the openings are meant to boost Apple’s operations in Latin America, so they require fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.
Also, the company has pledged to invest approximately $282 million in developing buildings and equipment for the Texan capital, over the next decade. So far, 4 of the campus buildings have already opened, and by the time the site’s construction is finalized, it will also employ thousands of maintenance workers, at an average wage of $54,000 a year.
The new campus will be in charge with running the Western Hemisphere branch of Apple’s business operations. The city was selected not just because of Austin’s talent pool, consisting in highly educated millennials, with significant IT know-how, but also because of its diversity and openness.
“We like that cross-pollination, and the job candidates that have been able to hire because of it”, explained Denise Young Smith, Apple’s head of HR.
In fact, the tech company has invested not just in the campus, but also in other locations from the Texan capital. For example, in March Apple spent circa $84 million on the Riata Crossing complex, which it had been leasing. Similarly, in April it entered into a lease agreement for the Capital Ridge office building, which is presently under construction.
It is expected by Austin officials that Apple’s strategic move will help create a new wave of talent in the IT sector, as some professionals join Apple and eventually develop their own start-up companies, while others bring their valuable expertise to local tech businesses.
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