Glass building at Apple headquarters causing headaches for employees

Apple Campus

The new headquarters is a wonderful piece of art; ideal curves, polished surfaces.

The entire thing seems absolutely ridiculous until you think about the obsessive, nearly sick attention to detail that went into this place.

One of the defining features of the office, located on the stunning 175-acre campus, is the abundant use of glass panes.

Every inch of this $5-billion building was carefully planned, every surface painstakingly manufactured and positioned to perfection.

With multiple challenges and an obsession for perfection, it was inevitable to have multiple delays. The employee move in was initially projected to take place in 2015, but eventually happened in April 2017. Apparently, Apple called for precision levels more akin to iPhone assembly specifications than the 1/8th of an inch deviation that's standard in the construction industry. The contractors used the one-eighth inch deviation as the construction industry standard.

Glass can be found all around at Apple Park. California law requires that "employees shall be protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings", but the company has not been subject to citations, according to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration data.

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Apple saw the markers as a nuisance. However, the Post-In cards were removed because it was detracting from the design of the building. That's resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents. For now, don't text and walk, Apple employees.

The sticky notes were a temporary solution.

Apple certainly won't be the first company to figure out that sometimes you have to tone down the aesthetic to save on trips to the emergency room.

The "dumbass walks into a glass door" bit is so hack that it was on Two and a Half Men before Charlie Sheen went all AIDS-crazy and tried to strangle Chuck Lorre or whatever.

Employees at Apple's brand new Apple Park "Spaceship" campus are the masterminds behind some of the world's most advanced consumer technology. But glass is clear and therefore quite hard to see when you're walking about.

Preoccupied with rolling out impressive consumer products, Apple tripped on basic design flaws and a safe workplace.

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