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In building its massive new campus, Apple still sweats the small stuff

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Apple Campus (Image credit: iMore)

When it comes to the new company headquarters, no detail was apparently beneath Apple's notice. A new report dives into the construction of Campus 2, and Apple's high standards for each facet of the building, encompassing everything from doors to signage to pipes.

Speaking to Reuters, workers from the project noted that Apple's quality standards were as high for the parts of the building that people won't see as for those that they will:

Fanatical attention to detail is a key tenet. Early in construction, Apple managers told the construction team that the ceiling - composed of large panels of polished concrete - should be immaculate inside and out, just as the inside of the iPhone's audio jack is a finished product, a former construction manager recalled.Thus, each of the thousands of ceiling panels had to win approval from both Apple's in-house team and the general contractor, once at the shop and then again at the construction site.

The company also insisted on completely flat doorways and worried about whether pipes or vents would be reflected in the glass that runs all around the building. While this attention to small details has pushed the completion of the project back on multiple occasions, it's also led to a building that's not just a new, modern office for one of the world's most valuable companies, but a statement of what Apple is all about.

Apple plans to move in to Campus 2 later this year.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

5 Comments
  • And then promptly take off in it and leave Earth behind. It's a spaceship. They're building a spaceship.
  • "The company also insisted on completely flat doors"
    I had to read the article, because I thought "What are they talking about? All doors are flat".
    Your statement isn't quite accurate; they didn't insist on flat doors, they insisted on flat doorways with no threshold to step over.
  • Non raised doors.
  • They really compared detailed construction refinements to the glorious quality of the audio jack? The audio jack that they got rid of? Huh. Maybe if they didn't spend so much money and effort on how glamorous the concrete on the roof looks on Google maps (yes Google maps) they could... oh I don't know... release a new high end desktop PC?
  • No, they (meaning Apple) didn't make that comparison but a former construction manager did.