Apple Park: New campus incomplete as Apple’s move in deadline passes

“Drone videographer Matthew Roberts has posted a new video on his YouTube channel this morning, covering the ongoing progress of construction at Apple’s soon-to-open campus, Apple Park,” Mitchel Broussard reports for MacRumors. “A few weeks ago, Roberts posted what was expected to be the final update before Apple Park’s grand opening, but the campus still hasn’t opened its doors to employees with just a few days left in April.”

Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. — Apple Inc., February 22, 2017

“Ever since Apple officially announced the name for Apple Park back in February, construction on the site has ramped up rapidly over the ensuing weeks,” Broussard reports. “Today, solar panel installation on the roof of the central ‘Spaceship’ building appears nearly complete, while the courtyard of the building is still seeing major construction related to the large pond and surrounding greenery.”

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“Construction equipment is still present around many buildings, even the central ring,” Roger Fingas reports for AppleInsider. “Some of the ‘wings’ on the ring are unfinished, and other work remains around the rooftop solar panels.”

“A few smaller structures are in a rough state, the Steve Jobs Theater among them,” Fingas reports. “The above-ground portion of the building is covered in white panels, and surrounded by construction supplies.”

Fingas reports, “Landscaping continues to look relatively barren, despite more planting.”

 
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MacDailyNews Take: Wait, Tim Cook’s Apple wasn’t ready at launch?

Shocking.

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38 Comments

  1. I hope the round building does not homogenize, fascistize life in its sameness.

    Should every pie slice be the same, people might get disoriented. This is the same problem with institutinalized square office buildings. Will the pie slices be color coded. Will there be dashed lines leading here and there to guide or to command where to go and where it’s prohibited?

    A round building seems to negate passive solar heating and cooling where most of the windows are on the east side, less on the west side. So I wonder how the designers compensated for avoiding this best practice.

  2. And while Apple is waiting to move into Apple Park, maybe they could fix the horrible keyboard in the new MacBook Pro. That is worst piece of shit keyboard imaginable.

  3. So what if it opens later than planned? What difference does it make in the long-term scheme of Apple? It’s relatively common for construction projects to take longer than planned and obviously Apple is no exception. Apple doesn’t have full control over all the workers in the construction industry. I’m sure it will be well worth the wait when it is finished.

    It was already said how Apple is very picky when it comes to fine detail so that could easily be the main cause of the delay. Considering how long it took to replace the World Trade Center should give anyone an insight of how construction can drag on forever. NYC still ended up with a replacement tower that’s far shorter than the world’s tallest towers. Pathetic.

    1. “So what if it opens later than planned? What difference does it make in the long-term scheme of Apple? It’s relatively common for construction projects to take longer than planned and obviously Apple is no exception.”

      Because… The original completion and move in date was mid to late 2016. Then that slipped to “early 2017”. Then last February Apple stated personnel would by “occupying” the facilities by the end of April, not “begin moving in” mind you, but “occupying”.

      They couldn’t accurately predict two months out!

      By the look of the facility in this video it appears personnel won’t even be moving in for another month (in any significant quantities anyway). Personnel won’t be “occupying” the facility until June or July.

      That’s the reason for the push back. That’s the reason most of us won’t accept the excuse of this facility as the reason why Apple is delayed in its product updates. EVERYTHING is delayed — delayed beyond the point of even Apple’s repeatedly revised schedule.

      And, with regard to the new World Trade Center replacement… The vast majority of that delay was because of political and architect maneuverings to decide on what to build and the design of the building. Once construction started it went fairly rapidly — much more rapidly when compared to Apple Park. (Construction of Apple Park had many, many construction based advantages over building a very tall building on lower Manhattan.)

      1. It’s Apple’s giant circle of embarrassment, where planning fails and execution goes awry. Good job, Tim, you haven’t lost your touch to f@ck things up

        1. You do realise it isn’t Apple doing the construction; it is a contractor, a construction company Apple hired to do the work?

          Apple isn’t your ordinary company, and contractor (whoever is building this complex) has likely learned this the hard way. The levels of tolerance for final fit and finish are significantly higher, and throughout the construction process, the contractor was forced many times to re-do things that weren’t completed accurately enough. When contractor estimated completion date, they didn’t expect to have to do the job perfectly — they expected usual, run-of-the-mill, cut-a-few-corners, swap-out-for-cheaper-materials job. No wonder they are now delayed.

          I hope there is a clause in the contract that requires contractor to pay penalty to Apple for each day over deadline.

          1. So, in other words, Apple was delinquent in overseeing the construction, irresponsible in paying for shoddy work, and negligent in enforcing standards and deadlines. Sounds ’bout right for a company with Tim Cook as CEO.

            1. You need to read my post.

              Apple hired a construction company to build their new HQ. They signed a contract, which specified exactly what needed to be done and how. According to the contract, and schedule, Apple preformed periodic inspections of the work, pointed out numerous shortcuts and shoddy work, and forced contractor to re-do many steps, since they didn’t do the work correctly.

              There is no negligence or ANY wrongdoing here by Apple. The delays in completion of the project sit squarely on the shoulders of the contractor, who expected to cruise through the project with usual corner-cutting and sub-standard work. Not with Apple.

            2. Breach of contract, fire the construction company, hire someone else. Gee, that’s a concept! Wonder why Apple didn’t do that. Talk about enabling. You seem to think Apple had absolutely NO recourse whatsoever. Seriously?

            3. That is EXACTLY what Apple did. Skanska was the original contractor, they were fired and another company (Rudolph & Sletten) was selected to continue and finish the job. While they are now better, they are also not consistently meeting the requirements, up at this point in the process, it would be more expensive and time consuming to fire these and look for yet another contractor, in hopes that the third one would actually finish it on time. They’re likely just going to let these guys finish the job and accept the delays, rather than accepting SUV-standard work.

              Please stop writing stuff before checking to find out if it is actually true.

            4. You are INCREDIBLY naive if you think you can just smack the GC on the hand and get a new one. Do you have ANY fscking clue how much time that would have added to the job?! Years! So, STFU until you know what you’re talking about and not yapping straight out yer ass.

              AAPL has been SOOOO mismanaged by Tim that it’s on track to become the first TRILLION dollar company. You could have done better?

              Asshole.

            5. Everything is always Tim Cooks fault. He must be Apple’s lead programmer, interface designer, hardware designer, hardware engineer, R & D manager, hardware assembler, construction worker, landscaper and so on.

              Those thousands of Apple employees and outside contractors must be twiddling threir thumbs with Tim Cook doing everything.

              I realise the “the buck stops at the top” at the top. Tim Cook can crack the whip all he wants, but if your project managers, suppliers, outside contractors let you down there is only so much one man can do.

              Everything was not always rosey under Steve Jobs. Apple is still paying for his mistakes. The iBooks debacle was all his doing.

            6. As CEO everything at Apple is Tim Cook’s responsibility.

              A chief executive officer, the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions. Does that make it clear enough for you?

      1. You harpies need to get a life, really. I was going to say that you’re full of sh_t, but the truth of the matter is you’re full of yourselves. Get over it. It will be ready when it’s ready.

    1. It isn’t Cook (or Apple) who’s building their HQ. They hired a construction company (Originally Skanska, and when they failed to deliver up to specifications, Rudolph and Sletten) to build it. Your criticism should be directed at Rudolph and Sletten and their failure to meet the established deadlines.

      1. If Apple were a construction company in charge of building the new HQ, then yes.

        Apple hired a construction company. The failure to meet the deadline is entirely the responsibility of the builders, and NOT Apple.

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