Apple paid $33,333 per stair for glass staircase in San Francisco’s Union Square

By , May 30, 2016

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Apple’s signature glass staircase in its newly launched store on San Francisco’s Union Square set the company back a cool $1 million, or approximately $33,333 per stair, while the shell of the building cost about $19 million, according to official building permits obtained by Patently Apple.

The building’s sprinkler system cost an estimated $2.28 million to upgrade, the solar power installation on the roof cost $800,000 while installing canopy panels came with a $150,000 price tag attached to it.

Here’s the full breakdown of the other listed costs:

  • $2.28 million: Total cost of upgrading the building’s sprinkler system
  • $800,000: Value of the 50 kilowatt solar power apparatus on the roof
  • $250,000: Price of the building’s interior and exterior frame
  • $150,000: Cost of installing canopy panels
  • $100,000: Price of demolishing the old storefront
  • $100,000: Seismic upgrades for the second floor and roof
  • $82,000: The cost of installing the signage on the exterior building
  • $50,000: Cost of a single guard rail on “stair number six”
  • $50,000: The price of just the store’s shelving
  • $50,000: The price for just the structural supports for the ginormous video wall
  • $4,000: Price of the fire alarms

“Over the weekend we learned from BuildZoom, a company who compiled all of the permits for the new Union Square Apple Store, that Apple spent $24 million at minimum on this one store alone,“ writes Patently Apple.

Building permits don’t make it clear how much the gigantic full-height doors cost.

The massive doors, located on both sides of the store, are 42 foot and open 40 feet wide. The doors open to the street, with the back ones opening on a public plaza.

Source: Patently Apple

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  • Mark S

    How many people could this waste of money for a stupid building have employed for an ENTIRE year?

    • TJ

      Firstly, it’s not a waste of money, if that’s what it costs to build the store then that’s what it costs. Secondly, Apple has employed all the people it needs and still has the money to pay them for an entire year. So not quite sure what you’re going on about.

    • JulianZH

      this cost like a penny to apple. you do know apple have a mountain of cash outside of USA right?

    • Kaptivator

      Ummm…They had to employ companies to do the work and installation, no? So Apple spending not “wasting” money has kept construction businesses that had to install the signs, stairs, solar panels, etc with capital to pay employees.

    • askep3

      It costs money to create something that’s polished and seamless.

  • Kaptivator

    Side note…Did Job’s patent for the glass stairs come into play here?

  • Gucciipad

    It’s not wasting money. It’s attracting people to buy. I want to make a trip there just to buy some stuff. They will make 2million back in no time. When you open up a gas station. You don’t just open up one. You design one that willattract customers.

  • iDude

    News In a Few Weeks: Apple customer plummeted from 2nd floor…others was blown out of the store due to high winds.

  • xoFoxtail

    Would be a shame if someone were to drop a rock on one of them.

  • :D

    Lol a staircase worth more than everything I own

  • Jerry

    I can’t imagine how much they paid for the store on 5th ave NYC it’s all glass

  • FarmerBob_I

    Those doors open awfully slow. Hopefully no one will get trampled at the next big product release while those that can’t wait run them over squeezing through or that the building doesn’t face a rain storm . . .