Apple begins demolition at spaceship site, clearing way for new campus

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CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA -In October, Apple facilities chief Dan Whisenhunt told the Cupertino Planning Commission the company would waste little time starting work on its huge new campus project.

“We’d build it tomorrow if you’d let us,” he said.

Whisenhunt wasn’t kidding.

A day after obtaining the final final approval from the Cupertino City Council to build the 2.8-million-square-foot project, Apple pulled demolition permits to knock down the existing structures on the 176-acre site. That’s about 2.65 million-square-feet worth of space, according to documents submitted to the city.

“It’s all happening real fast, and it’s real,” Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney said Monday.

Apple pulled permits to demolish structures on 20 parcels of land on Nov. 20, according to city permit records. That is just hours after the city of Cupertino approved the “second reading” of a development agreement with the company, which means Apple has now received all the regulatory clearance needed to start building.

A joint venture of DPR and Skanska is the general contractor on the job. According to city permit records, NCM Demolition & Remediation is the subcontractor on the demo. They are the same company that orchestrated demolition inside of Hangar 1 at Moffett Federal Airfield and the de-skinning. Records show Apple applied for the permits between August and November.