Apple is reportedly eyeing Loudoun County and two other northern Virginia sites for a second campus that could make the region the East Coast equivalent of Silicon Valley.
The tech titan is considering a campus for 20,000 employees,The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Economic development officials in Virginia have reportedly proposed three sites, including a joint, 85-acre Fairfax-Loudoun site at the Center for Innovation Technology that has been pitched to Amazon.
Amazon is still eyeing the site as a possible location for HQ2, a second headquarters that could bring 50,000 employees to Northern Virginia. The site is near an upcoming Metro Silver Line station.
Apple representatives said the company is seeking 4 million square feet of space on a campus for 20,000 employees in northern Virginia. That amount of space is about half the size of what Amazon seeks, and about one-third the size of the Pentagon.
Other reported sites in northern Virginia include office buildings in Crystal City and Tyson’s. Unlike Amazon, Apple is quietly exploring a site for its East coast campus. In a recent interview, CEO Tim Cook said Apple would not engage in a “beauty contest.”
Apple is the world’s most profitable company, valued at $920 billion. It completed its new $5 billion headquarters – known as “the spaceship” – in Cupertino, California last spring. More than 12,000 employees work there.