Apple’s extreme home makeover
Apple’s new doughnutshaped headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is a “fitting tribute” to Steve Jobs’ legendary attention to detail, said Julia Love in Reuters.com. From the electrical wiring to the door handles, no aspect of the 2.8 million–square-foot campus, estimated to cost $5_billion, “has been too small to attract scrutiny.” Apple managers inspected each of the thousands of polished concrete ceiling panels individually, insisting they “be immaculate inside and out.” The world’s largest piece of curved glass wraps around the main building, and no vents or pipes can be reflected in it. The company also clashed with contractors over the doorways, which Apple insisted be “perfectly flat, with no threshold.” The reason? If engineers had to change their gait entering the building, they’d be distracted from their work. “The things you can’t see, they all mattered to Apple,” one former construction manager said.