Apple's Futuristic Cupertino Headquarters Delayed
The iPhone maker's shiny, modern campus won't be ready for employees until 2016 at the earliest.If nothing else, Apple is known for its slavish attention to detail—however small. That philosophy would seem to extend to the company's futuristic new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., which some have likened to a spaceship because of the building's curved design. In the pursuit of perfection, the building's planned completion date has been bumped to mid-2016, according to a report in Bloomberg News. Delays in submitting proposals to the city council pushed back the projected move-in date from 2015, although the main building's design has not been changed. Revisions include an additional building that will house utility equipment, revamped landscaping and the relocation of a 1,000-seat auditorium. An additional construction revision would allow the company to construct the building without having to truck out any excavated dirt. "They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly," Cupertino's city manager David Brandt told Bloomberg News. "The project is running a little bit slow. There's nothing super-significant. I think they are just constantly trying to improve the project."
Two years ago, Apple purchased a 98-acre tract of land on the site of technology rival Hewlett-Packard's former headquarters for the building. Four months before his passing, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled formal plans for the building's design, which will embrace many of the minimalist design cues that define Apple's retail stores, including heavy use of glass.