Apple has run into some problems building its new mothership headquarters building, with both costs and construction requirements causing delays. It had already been reported that the opening of the campus had been delayed until 2016, but now we have a better idea as to why. While the project was originally set to cost just under $3 billion, that price has risen to $5 billion. Apple is looking to reduce that by almost $1 billion. Steve Jobs’ exacting requirements are contributing to the costs and delays, according to Bloomberg Businessweek:
The true expense of the campus lies not in green tech, though, as much as the materials—as well as what product designers call “fit and finish.” As with Apple’s products, Jobs wanted no seam, gap, or paintbrush stroke showing; every wall, floor, and even ceiling is to be polished to a supernatural smoothness. All of the interior wood was to be harvested from a specific species of maple, and only the finer-quality “heartwood” at the center of the trees would be used, says one person briefed on the plan last year.
Jobs’ exacting vision extended to every facet of the new building, including the six kilometers of curved glass being produced in Germany and concrete ceilings that, instead of being molded in place on the ceiling, will be cast in molds on the floor and lifted into place, a much more expensive process. The buildings on the new campus would have very few visible seems, smaller gaps between surfaces than you find in any other building, and, famously, not a single piece of straight glass.
Apple is expected to start clearing out the old buildings in the space in June.
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek