In April this year, Apple pledged to invest $430 billion in the United States over the next five years, creating more than 20,000 jobs.
Part of the investment is an engineering and research center in North Carolina where Apple will invest over $1 billion creating at least 3,000 jobs.
The site Macrumors reports that Apple in late 2018 actually acquired the land for the new campus in North Carolina, buying about 280 acres in Research Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh (the capital of the state of North Carolina) for a value of about $50 million. Apple has already announced several projects for Austin (Texas) but so far no rumors have been leaked about what it intends to do in the RTP.
In any case, it will take several years before the campus in the RTP is ready and operational and in the meantime the company is pursuing a different project with a complex of more than 20,000 square feet of temporary space in the city of Cary (in Wake County, also in North Carolina).
Apple will occupy the newest structures in a three-building complex built in recent years for insurance company MetLife. With the health care crisis affecting some corporate facilities around the world, MetLife consolidated its operations in Cary into two buildings on the campus, leaving the entire third building vacant and available for lease.
Apple plans to occupy the entire seventh floor of the “”MetLife III”” building, more than 22,000 square feet, according to plans filed with the Town of Cary. In a first phase Apple had planned to use the first three floors of the building and documents related to the project show that the company intends to “occupy the entire structure in the near future.
<img src=”//www.w3.org/2000/svg’%20viewBox=’0%200%201600%20900’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=”Apple leases and buys new facilities in North Carolina” width=”1600″ height=”900″ />The first building to the left, on the MetLife campus in Cary ( North Carolina) will be occupied by Apple employees
Apple’s renovation plans were submitted to the City Council in late June and approved on July 8 and 9, clearing the way for construction to begin. Documents show that the first renovation will cost about $5.5 million and is limited in scope, with Apple primarily interested in creating open space on the floors formerly used by MetLife.
Apple has planned the demolition of walls, wall coverings in certain areas of the first three floors and the reconfiguration of some spaces.
There’s no news yet about the RTP campus, but that’s not surprising since the announcement was made a few months ago and Apple is probably working with architects and other professionals to finalize the project.