We’ve known Apple was planning on expanding its presence in Austin, Texas, for a while now, and Wired reports the company has now broken ground on its new facility. The new center will measure a whopping 1 million square feet and is expected to be a major player in the company’s operations.
The company’s current Austin-based facility employs more than 3,500 people. The new building is expected to cost nearly $300 million and will double the size of Apple’s personnel in the city.
If all goes according to plan, the project will be completed in two phases. The first phase includes a pair of buildings that measure 200,000 square feet combined. That portion of the facility is expected to be completed by 2015. Several more buildings will be constructed, adding an additional 800,000 square feet of space, by the end of 2021.