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Video shows concrete and steel have been pour since August

Drone operator "myithz" is scoring hits on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube after successfully flying a small video camera-equipped drone over the site of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) future headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
 
One of the last major contributions of Steve Jobs, the massive, ring-shaped cylindrical headquarters will be a quite literal interpretation of an "infinite loop".  When completed it will resemble a gleaning spaceship, adorned by massive panels of pricey custom-made building glass.  The design is quite eye-catching and has even inspired a bit of gamesmanship from rivals, considering ostentatious bases of their own.
 
Initial construction was planned for 2013 and the new HQ was supposed to be completed by 2015.  But Apple was forced to tweak aspects of its design, finally submitting its proposal to the Cupertino City Council in 2012.  Construction began earlier this year and hopefully will be completed by 2016.  Cost estimates have also swelled from $3B USD in 2011 to $5B USD by 2012.

Apple HQ

Construction kicked off mid-year, and by August, earthmovers had excavated underground parking for the HQ and had flattened off the cylindrical patch of Earth where the HQ was set to stand.
 
Like those pesky rebels interloping during the construction of the Death Star II in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, another drone operator -- "jmcminn" launched a drone that scoped out the scene in August.



Since then "myithz" has performed two more aerial expeditions of Apple's tight security veil, giving us a view of the progress that's been made.  In October we saw a lot of concrete being poured...



... and two weeks later, we saw,yet more concrete.  A sculpted ramp is seen as well, which will likely be the entrance from the underground parking structure that thousands of employees use daily to walk up into the building...



This month's flyover shows steelwork being laid in to support the underground parking.



The actual building itself has seen little work.  It appears Apple is looking to construct the underground parking and sculpt the overall 178 acre campus, before turning to pouring the foundation for the actual HQ building and putting up steel and (finally) glass.

When finished the HQ is expected to house 14,200 employees and occupy 2.8 million square feet.  "myithz" shot his impressive footage using a Da-Jiang ("Great Territory") Innovations (DJI) Science and Technology Co., Ltd. Phantom quadcopter, a popular model of hobbyist drone.

Sources: YouTube [1], [2], h/t Neowin





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