PHOTOS: Here’s all the progress Apple’s made on its spaceship campus

Apple Spaceship Campus
Apple Spaceship Campus

If everything goes according to plan, Apple will complete its new $5 billion “spaceship” campus this year. It’s been a long time coming.

Steve Jobs once said that the new campus meant Apple had “a shot at building the best office building in the world.”

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Here’s what the construction site looked like in May 2014, shortly after most existing buildings had been cleared out.

Here's what the construction site looked like in May 2014, shortly after most existing buildings had been cleared out.

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All of the major landscaping work was completed in 2015.

Now Apple only needs to finish the building, which it will do by “late 2016,” barring any additional setbacks.

Then it was time to assemble the building’s exterior.

Then it was time to assemble the building's exterior.

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The building’s structure has been nearly completed, according to the latest aerial image provided to the city of Cupertino by Apple.

All four planned aboveground floors have been completed, and Apple is starting to add the glass that will make up the building’s exterior.

All four planned aboveground floors have been completed, and Apple is starting to add the glass that will make up the building's exterior.

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According to Seele, Apple’s glass supplier, the building will use “something like six kilometers of glass.”

Glass makes up the majority of the exterior of Campus 2, and was a major part of Jobs’ original design.

Eventually, the roof will be covered with solar panels.

The scale of the construction is overwhelming.

The scale of the construction is overwhelming.

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Not only will the campus give Apple employees a place to work, but it will also include a state-of-the-art auditorium for holding product presentations.

“We’ve got an auditorium, cause we put on presentations, much like we did yesterday but we have to go to San Francisco to do them,” Jobs said in 2011.

Here’s what Apple wants it to look like when it’s done:

The interior of the spaceship will feature a wide-open space for employees to take lunch or enjoy a little bit of nature.

The interior of the spaceship will feature a wide-open space for employees to take lunch or enjoy a little bit of nature.

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The campus is designed to be light and airy.

The campus is designed to be light and airy.

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Apple plans to finish its campus by the end of the year, presumably aiming to move in in 2017.

Apple plans to finish its campus by the end of the year, presumably aiming to move in in 2017.