Apple is growing at such a rate that it has run out of room to house staff at its Cupertino campus. There are plans afoot to build a new campus in the area, but that headquarters won't be ready until 2016, so work has commenced on a new campus in Santa Clara.

The new Santa Clara campus on Stevens Creek Boulevard will house 1,200 employees, reports MercuryNews.

The paper suggests that this is a 296,000-square foot property, larger than originally thought – we reported earlier this month that Apple had signed a lease on two additional buildings in the Cupertino area, said at the time to be a 57,479-square-foot building at 5425 Stevens Creek Boulevard Santa Clara, and a 11,552 square-foot building in Cupertino. Apple also signed a lease on 315,000 sq. ft. of office space in Sunnyvale, California earlier this year.

The work on the Santa Clara site is said to include the demolition of existing structures to make way for construction of two office buildings, one of which will be six stories tall.

The new buildings are scheduled for completion in 2014.

Construction of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino will begin in mid 2014 and completion is expected in 2016. The 2.8m square foot facility, said to look like a spaceship will be located in a 175-acre area located on the former Hewlett Packard campus. Apple plans to demolish the existing buildings at the site and erect its office, research and development complex that, in addition to the underground auditorium and parking garage, includes a fitness center, a mostly off-the-grid energy center and a thick layer of trees that will enshroud the four-story ring-shaped building. The circular structure will have huge walls of glass that let Apple employees look out from both sides onto park-like landscaping that includes jogging paths and walking trails. 

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