Apple hires new general contractor for ‘spaceship’ campus 2 as questions swirl about construction delays

“Apple Inc. is bringing on a new general contractor to finish its multi-billion-dollar ‘spaceship’ building at Apple Campus 2, amid questions about whether the huge project remains on track for a late-2016 completion,” Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports for The Silicon Valley Business Journal.

“Rudolph & Sletten Inc., a veteran Silicon Valley builder, will complete the ring-shaped structure’s interior build-out, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation,” Donato-Weinstein reports. “Until now, a joint venture of DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, which is heading up the project, was expected by many in the construction industry to take it through the finish line.”

“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,” Donato-Weinstein reports. “It’s not clear whether Rudolph & Sletten’s arrival signals troubles at the megaproject — among the priciest and most complicated ever attempted by a private company — or simply the addition of additional construction horsepower. Apple already has several teams of general contractors building out various portions of the project.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Lots of speculation, and not a lot of facts, about what could be anything from simply being a part of the plan all along to issues with construction.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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