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There are some important projects happening in San Francisco where work has already started or is about to, but won't be completed for a few years. These projects are not only redefining the skyline, but redefining neighborhoods. From the newly named Chase Center and Hunters Point to Treasure Island and 706 Mission, there are plenty of projects to be excited about, and to keep the Building Trades busy for years to come.

Article thumbnail image So many projects either came online or made significant progress in 2016 that it was difficult to narrow this list down to just 10. And, as you can see with the first item, we cheated a little bit. What this speaks to is just how busy the Building Trades have been in recent years. We're now starting to see the fruition of that outstanding work, from the tallest building in San Francisco to the remains of a bridge.

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In an election that saw a right wing business tycoon thought to be unqualified to be president actually win the highest office in the land and the Democrats fail to gain enough seats in Congress to gain control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate, there were a few bright spots and victories at the local and state level.

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The San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved a 21-story building to contain 299 housing units and 2,012 square feet of ground floor retail for a parcel at 1270 Mission Street that’s currently home to a restaurant. If the project, from local developer AGI Avant, receives full approval – including from the Board of Supervisors – the existing one-story, 1,200 square foot building would be demolished to invigorate the area with an influx of new residential and commercial uses.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) has an ongoing Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) for work on public housing projects in the city.

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San Francisco’s skyline has changed dramatically over the last decade, and construction cranes continue to be a critical part of the changing landscape. As the post-recession construction boom has led to an increase in the number of cranes in operation, there has been no increase in accidents or incidents involving cranes.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council recently finalized a Project Labor Agreement with Five Point Holdings, LLC (FivePoint), the Lennar Corporation entity that is the master developer of The Shipyard and Candlestick Point.

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Vince Courtney – LiUNA! Local 261 Recording Secretary, Labor Representative and Political Director – was recently sworn in for a new term at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has held a post as one of the five PUC commissioners since he was first appointed by then mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010. Mayor Ed Lee reappointed Courtney in 2013 and again this year.

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Along with the 17 statewide propositions, San Francisco voters will see 25 local measures on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council made recommendations for 23 of the 25. Following are the SFBCTC recommendations...

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