Apple’s ‘spaceship’ Campus 2 hits a snag as contractors leave project

“Apple has been working on the Campus 2 facility since 2013 and beyond,” MacNN reports.

“This week, information surfaced that Apple will no longer be retaining the general contractors who had been handling the construction of the ‘Spaceship,'” MacNN reports. “While the reasons for the split are vague, it’s known that DPR Construction and Skanska USA will be transitioned off the project over the course of the next few weeks.”

“According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal Apple recently brought in another company, Rudolph & Sletten, to perform the interior buildout,” MacNN reports. “Being removed from the project is reportedly going to cost Skanska in the area of $800 million dollars of revenue. [A] leaked email outlines that the break with ‘the customer’ is disappointing, but the Swiss based company still has a lot on its plate in the US. In particular, being part of a $4 billion upgrade to the central terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s sounding like Apple’s Campus 2 will open in 2017 rather than 2016, but there are of course too many unknowns to say for sure. These huge constructions projects are notoriously difficult to manage due to the number of moving parts. Unexpected delays of all kinds are par for the course.


Apple to completely part ways with lead builders on Apple ‘spaceship’ Campus 2 within weeks – June 11, 2015
Apple hires new general contractor for ‘spaceship’ campus 2 as questions swirl about construction delays – May 4, 2015


  1. I think it was probably some philosophical differences that caused the rift. Remember the problems with hiring people who had been in prison? I’ll bet that’s related.

    1. Ah! got it!!! Apple Inc. used an unknown scanner to scan the foundations and saw what looked like a time capsule buried by the contractors! Hence the delay caused by digging it up and then using the evidence to nip the contract in the bud without incurring a penalty to themselves.

      I do love conspiracy theories!!!! Sometimes! 🙂

  2. “…is reportedly going to cost Skanska in the area of $800 million dollars of revenue.”

    And A LOT in terms of having that as a plum job in their resume.

  3. This situation was reported last month. The guess at that point was that this was a planned transition between contractors. But it looks like that’s not the case.

    My hypothesis: A design disagreement between Apple, DPR Construction and Skanska USA about the luxury boxes for the Apple Mothership BattleBot Arena.

  4. Tim Cook, and Apple built their success on producing products on time and on budget. Large construction projects, especially in the US, are notorious for going over budget, and over schedule. I work in the industry and I am sure many contractors rely for their success on processing multiple change orders that increase the budget and extend the schedule, and they count on that process, with little if any expectation that their projects will be completed on time and on budget. I am not surprised by the conflict that is inherent in the completely different business models of these two very different industries trying to work together on a cutting edge structure.

    Any bets on the LaGuardia project going over budget and over schedule? The fit between the Contractor and a government client will most likely be more harmonious because they have closer philosophical expectations. A company such as Apple is used to getting the results of their contracted projects on time and on budget as was no doubt stipulated in the contract.

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