Apple spent $1 million on the stairs in the new San Francisco Apple Store

Apple budgeted $1 million for the staircases of its new San Francisco flagship Apple Store, reports Curbed, using data from BuildZoom.

The data shows that Apple expected to spend $23.6 million building and renovating the store, based on the construction permits it obtained. Nineteen million dollars of that was slated for the exterior of the building.

Those are just ballpark figures – Apple gave these numbers to San Francisco City Hall before construction actually began, so real costs could be higher.

Here’s what a half-million-dollar staircase looks like:


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And here’s the other one:


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Apart from the $1 million staircases, the signage on the exterior of the building was budgeted at $82,000 … but the Apple logo was only $2,000.


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Plus, Apple budgeted $50,000 on the support systems for the gigantic video screen in the new store – which is good, because that screen reportedly cost $1.5 million on its own.


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Finally, Apple budgeted $50,000 for the store shelving, $800,000 for the solar power apparatus on the roof, and $2.28 million for upgrading the building’s sprinkler system.

The new San Francisco store is really the ultimate proof of concept of the next generation of Apple Stores. In addition to gigantic sliding glass doors, this new Apple Store boasts a public plaza.

Other changes include the replacement of the familiar Genius Bar with a new “Genius Grove,” where Apple technicians come to you.