Apple facing challenges with new mothership headquarters

Apple "mothership" headquarters over budget by $2 billion

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

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mech1164 says:

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vianar says:

Well if you worked as hard as he did and were as detail oriented you should get what you want. I hope they allow visitors to walk around the campus and take in the site.

metllicamilitia says:

Well, who's complaining? We all know the iPhone is a beautiful device, and I'd like to see the mother ship headquarters done to Jobs' requirements. It would also be amazingly beautiful.

kataran says:

I would have thought it would be square!

linsiris says:

Wow this project sounds amazing I expect they allow visitors too, it'd be a great experience.

computerjeff05 says:

Where do I fill out an application? :)

shinuyuki says:

I think it is great that Apple is going to great lengths to honor Steve Job's design after his death. The picture looks amazing. Can't wait to see it finished.

asuperstarr says:

This facility when completed will be awesome. I can't wait until is done.

revtech says:

They should build a walled city to scale in the shape of an iphone with the headquarters being the home button =)

wscotchmer says:

Although I'm sure this new building will be totally awesome and I will want to see it when it is done... instead of spending BILLIONS of dollars on it, why not spend MILLIONS on a more traditional building but tricked out inside... and help out some the needy by giving a few BILLION to charities. A few billion dollars could help a lot of people and it would earn a lot of respect.

ammarmalik2011 says:

Because this building will be more awesome than giving money to charities.

DBellinger says:

That, and they already give tons to charity.