Skip to main content

Apple’s new spaceship campus hits another wall, as main contractors leave the project

apple spaceship campus contractor fired
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Apple has parted ways with two of the contractors overseeing the main construction of its new “Spaceship” campus. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that DPR Construction Inc.and Skanska USA, the two companies that won a joint bid on the new Apple campus, are no longer going to be part of the team. Rising costs and repeated delays are reportedly to blame.

In a leaked internal email, Skanska USA chief Richard Cavallaro wrote that Apple and the construction company were “unable to come to an agreement during negotiations for the revised scope of work,” adding that the team “will transition completely off the project in the next several weeks.”

It’s unknown who will take over the construction project once Skanska bows out. However, two anonymous industry sources told the Journal that an Atlanta-based firm called Holder Construction may take over the project from here. Holder worked on a data center for Apple in the past, so the report isn’t out of the question. Regardless of which company takes over, Apple’s ambitious campus is likely to face yet another costly delay.

Steve Jobs pitched the project to the Cupertino City Council in 2011, just a short time before his death. Jobs’ vision for the Spaceship campus included 40-foot floor-to-ceiling curved windows and a self-sustainable design, which would only use the power grid in rare times of emergency. The new building was intended to house almost 12,000 employees. The ambitious construction project seemed more like yet another impossible Apple design feat than a functional office space, but the futuristic office space project was approved.

However, since its conception, the campus construction project has been plagued by delays and rising costs. The original move-in date for the new Apple Spaceship campus was 2015. In 2013, amid delays and rising costs, that date was pushed back to 2016. Now that a rare mid-stream shift in construction crews has taken place, estimates place the actual move-in date somewhere in 2017. Apple is reportedly hoping an occupation in late 2016 is still possible. Additionally, the project is estimated to reach costs of $5 billion, placing it about $2 billion over budget.

Andre Revilla
Andre Revilla is an entrepreneur and writer from Austin, TX that has been working in and covering the consumer tech space for…
I’m going to do something crazy with my iPhone 15 Pro Max
iPhone 15 Pro USB-C charging port.

I’m going to make a controversial suggestion: Don’t put your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max in a case — use it naked instead.

I know it’ll go against everything we’ve learned about smartphones (usually the hard way) and how to protect them, but there are some really fascinating changes to Apple’s top smartphones this year, and not feeling them with your own hands would be a crime.
Titanium really is a big deal

Read more
Amazon’s kid-friendly Fire HD 10 tablets bring AI-powered games
Photo of the new Amazon Fire Kids tablets from its September 2023 event.

Amazon launched a pair of new devices for its Fire Kids range at its fall event, including updated models of the Fire HD 10 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro. While there's little to write home about in terms of physical updates, these two new tablets have also been released alongside some new apps that make them great options to entertain the whole family, not just children.

The big draws here are the new apps and games on offer. Amazon's big, new drive involves implementing AI into its products, and these two Kids tablets are no exception. The new Music Maker app allows children to become composers by combining a number of different instruments and sound effects into their own composition, while being assisted by the app's AI.

Read more
How to download watchOS 10 on your Apple Watch
An Apple Watch showing the watchOS 10 Developer Beta update.

It's that time of year again when Apple releases its major mobile operating system updates, and alongside iOS 17 for the iPhone, we're also getting a big new release for Apple's wearables in watchOS 10 — possibly the most significant software update we've ever seen for the Apple Watch.

For one, watchOS 10 brings with it a fresh new design to the user interface that's almost like owning an entirely new Apple Watch. However, there's a lot more here than just a fresh coat of paint, including new Smart Stack widgets, more powerful workout tracking for cyclists and hikers, new mental and vision health features, and more.

Read more