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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/17/2011

Apple’s new HQ is not bigger than the Pentagon

Apple founder Steve Jobs unveiled his vision for a new company campus with a circular design he likened to a spaceship.
A report that Apple’s proposed new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., would be bigger than the Pentagon appears to be wrong, according to Fortune’s Phillip Elmer-DeWitt,

The report used calculations by the Mac Observer’s John Martellaro, who painstakingly estimated the size of Apple’s plot and the proposed building from its architectural plans with a ruler and good, old-fashioned mathematics. He estimated that the headquarters building would have a radius of 807.5 feet.

According to Elmer-DeWitt, however, Martellaro’s calculations about the building’s radius weren’t quite right. The floor plan submitted by Apple to the City of Cupertino lists a 760-foot, 7-inch outer radius for the headquarters, making it slightly smaller than the famous five-sided hub of the Defense Department. (If the Pentagon was enclosed within a circle, the radius would come out to about 783 feet.)

The Apple building is designed with 1.8 million square feet of office space for 13,000 employees — and would certainly be one-of-a-kind, even if it couldn’t encircle the Pentagon.

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