Modernization work at several San Francisco Unified School District sites is progressing on schedule this summer. San Francisco voters approved a $531 million Facility Bond Measure in November 2011 to fund projects to modernize and improve safety in SFUSD facilities. The 2011 bond funded modernization work at 65 school sites, expansion of the green schoolyard program, and construction of the new Willie Brown Middle School.
Union member insurance provider and investor Ullico recently invested a total of $206.5 million into financing construction for the Folsom Bay Tower located at 160 Folsom Street. The investment is in the form of a participation loan, of which $90 million of the total has been participated to other lenders.
Work on the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal expansion project began in May, with crews of operating engineers, pile drivers, carpenters and laborers doing site preparation, demolition and dredging work on piers just south of the Ferry Building.
The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council and San Mateo County Building Trades Council hosted a series of meetings with Bay Area legislators in Sacramento April 25, along with the San Francisco Labor Council and San Mateo County Central Labor Council. Representatives from the building trades and public and private sector unions asked State Senators Scott Wiener and Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers David Chiu, Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman to support the labor-backed bills.
The U.S. Congress approved a federal budget package in early May for 2017 that includes $100 million for Caltrain's Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in February held up the release of a $647 million federal grant for the PCEP at the request of a group of California Republican Congressmembers claiming to be concerned about cost overruns for high speed rail, led by House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, a longtime opponent of high speed rail.
Construction is nearing completion on the new home for the Commonwealth Club on San Francisco's historic waterfront at 110 The Embarcadero. The Commonwealth Club has served as a forum for speakers – including political leaders, scientists, activists, economists, writers, and business leaders – for 125 years, but has not had its own building.
Building and Construction Trades union members and elected officials joined developers Boston Properties, Inc. and Hines on April 6 to celebrate the topping off of the Salesforce Tower, which is now the tallest building in San Francisco at 1,070 feet. Construction for the Salesforce Tower began in 2013; the project has employed as many as 700 construction workers per day, according to the developers.