The data shows Apple expected to spend $23.6 million building and renovating the store, based on the construction permits it obtained. $19 million 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:
Apart from the $1 million staircases, the signage on the exterior of the building was budgeted at $82,000...but the Apple logo itself was only $2,000.
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.
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 Store. 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.