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Apple Hires New General Contractor for Apple Campus 2, Sparking Delay Speculation

As construction on its "spaceship" campus in Cupertino continues, Apple has hired a new general contractor, sparking rumors questioning whether the new campus will be finished by the company's prospective 2016 completion date.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten Inc. will take on the buildout of the Campus 2's interior structure, a job that was previously thought to be going to DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, the two companies heading up the construction project.

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Most recent image of the ongoing construction of Apple Campus 2, from the City of Cupertino.
It's unclear why Rudolph & Sletten is being brought in and exactly what DPR/Skanska's involvement will be going forward. Two sources said the DPR-Skanska joint venture would still complete the core and shell -- or the basic structure -- of the circular building. It's also possible that DPR and Skanska never intended to do more than the core and shell.
Neither Apple nor the three companies involved in the construction of the main ring-shaped building would comment on the involvement of a new general contractor for the interior of the building, but sources in the local construction industry that spoke to the Silicon Valley Business Journal believe the new addition could potentially point towards delays.

Campus 2 delays could potentially end up causing the cost of constructing the massive structure to skyrocket beyond its current $5 billion estimation. Prior budgeting issues caused Apple to revise its Campus 2 plans, splitting construction into two phases to save money. Phase 1 includes the main Apple campus and several buildings like an auditorium and fitness center, while phase 2 focuses on the Tantau Development, a 600,000 square foot area housing research facilities. Plans for the second phase of construction were submitted to the city back in October of 2014.

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The Tantau development area

In Cupertino, the base structure for the main ring-shaped campus has been completed, and walls have been going up for the last several months. Construction is also continuing on an underground parking garage and several ancillary buildings

Apple's second campus will feature a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking facility capable of accommodating 2,400 cars, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. The entire campus will be outfitted with hundreds of trees for 80 percent green space, along with a central garden with outdoor dining areas.

Thus far, city officials have not received word of a potential delay from Apple, suggesting construction may still be on track. Apple plans to complete its new campus by the end of 2016.



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48 months ago
Well right, that's how it goes.
When have any construction projects been completed within budget and on time? Major ones?

How about never...
Rating: 15 Votes
48 months ago
I pre-ordered on launch day,

Now the Campus 'ship date' is sometime in mid 2020! :mad:
Rating: 10 Votes
48 months ago
Wasn't one reason why the building was going to cost so much, the fact that it called for construction (especially interior) tolerances far beyond any done before?

So it might make sense to have one contractor do the rough build-up, and another to do super fine work.
Rating: 8 Votes
48 months ago
They were building it wrong? :cool:
Rating: 6 Votes
48 months ago
I don't understand what the issue is. For a project of this scope, different GC's for different project aspects.

Why someone would conclude there was a problem or a delay is baffling. Guess it makes for good media buzz and click bate. No doubt it will get a lot of people frothed up here.
Rating: 5 Votes
48 months ago

Out of 11 posts, there is one "gate" post and one "you are xxxing it wrong" post.


That would never have happened when Steve Jobs was still alive :)
Rating: 5 Votes
48 months ago

Well right, that's how it goes.
When have any construction projects been completed within budget and on time? Major ones?

How about never...


Maybe in the public sector but it happens all the time in the private sector. Most budget issues are caused by owner changes after the initial contract has been awarded, and the most competent companies negotiate early completion bonuses.

As for the 'tight tolerances' that others have mentioned, I can promise you that the builder and subs have seen worse specs in many modern hospitals and industrial projects. Ask for something too crazy and the cost just gets jacked up to accommodate it and it will be done--that's all up to the owner.

"Radius walls?" Please, it's just another day for the guys on the job site. No big deal except that it costs more and takes longer, all of which is allowed for by the estimators quoting the job.
Rating: 4 Votes
48 months ago

They were building it wrong? :cool:


Oh dear. Please remove your sunglasses. You are not remotely cool or clever.
Rating: 2 Votes
48 months ago
I have never known any major construction projects finish on time. That is even true for kitchen remodeling ;) Considering there is a lot of innovation, I will be surprised if it finished on time. If it did, I might even think they did not go crazy enough.

I think speculations about 'skyrocketing budget estimates' are way overblown. We just do not know enough to even use the word 'skyrocket'.
Rating: 2 Votes
48 months ago
Wait a minute. I watch HBO's "Silicon Valley," and I was under the impression that the construction of the spaceship campus was already done. See, there it is, in the lower-right corner!

Rating: 2 Votes

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