Apple adds 192-room hotel to site plans for $1B Austin campus
For reasons as of yet unknown, Apple has added a 192-room hotel to its site plans for an under-construction $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.
The Cupertino tech giant broke ground on its new Texas campus — a 3-million-square-foot site that is eventually set to house 15,000 employees in November 2019. But, new site plans have an unnamed third-party building a hotel on-site.
Apple introduced the new amenity in a revised site plan approved by by the City of Austin on April 29, local publication CultureMap reported. Original plans for the site, first submitted to the city in December 2018, didn't include a hotel.
John Boyd, a principal at location consulting firm The Boyd Co., told CultureMap that the proposed hotel plans are "another example" of Apple being ahead of the curve.
While "having a hotel connected at the hip with its corporate parent is not common now," Boyd added that he expects to see more of the concept from major tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft.
The new plans didn't name a specific hotel brand or company. Apple's planned Texas campus, set to open in 2022, is located close to the company's existing Austin facilities — where Apple's current 7,000 employees in the city current work and where U.S.-made Mac Pro models are manufactured.
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