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7th July 2017, Dubai

Largest carbon-fibre roof for Apple HQ

The roof of the new US$ 5 billion Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, was manufactured by a Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies, located in Dubai Investment Park, with a total production area of up to 64,250m2.

“While we've been hearing about the design of the campus and its facilities for nearly five years, installation of the massive, curved glass panels that surround the Main Building’s spaceship-like design is about 33% complete. Overall construction is projected to wrap by the end of this year, with the opening scheduled for 2017,” the manufacturer reports.

The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide. © Premier Composite Technologies

Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) is a leading supplier and manufacturer of advanced composite components for the architectural design, transportation and boatbuilding markets. Headquartered in Dubai, PCT serves customers across varied markets and has grown to employ more than 2,700 employees.

The most spectacular addition to the campus is its roof, which Apple believes is the largest freestanding carbon-fibre roof ever made. The new building has also been dubbed the greenest corporate headquarters on the planet by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

Created by Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies, it is a massive statement piece, in addition to a design feat. The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide, and each connects to a small central hub positioned in the middle. It was assembled and tested in a Dubai desert before being shipped in pieces to Cupertino, California. It weighs 80 tonnes.

The circular roof weighs 80 tonnes. © Premier Composite Technologies

Apple Park in Cupertino is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum certified office building in North America, Lisa Jackson added. Over 80% of the park is open space, powered by 100% renewable energy, 75% of which is generated onsite by a 17-megawatt rooftop solar installation and 4 megawatts of baseload biogas fuel cells, according to Apple’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report.

The campus also uses 75% recycled non-potable water to care for its dense forest and to run other onsite facilities where fresh water isn’t required, the report said.

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