The Golden Gate Bridge stands as an iconic, picture-ready architectural structure that remains world renown for many reasons. One stat that is not so tourist-friendly is that it draws no small number of suicide attempts on a fairly regular basis.
The impact of Proposition B is starting to be felt.
Prop B, which passed last month, restricts development along San Francisco’s waterfront by mandating voter approval of every project that exceeds height limits.
The challenge of building a complex structure in a tight space is being met by the all-union construction crews working on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Expansion Project. The museum broke ground on the new building in June of 2013 and began construction on its new 235,000-square-foot expansion.
The Golden State Warriors announced plans to build their new arena in Mission Bay, abandoning an original proposal for the project to take shape at Piers 30-32 on the Embarcadero.
San Francisco is one step closer to realizing a new pair of residential buildings on the historic 1600 block of Pine Street. The San Francisco Planning Commission certified the final Environmental Impact Report at its May 15 meeting for a proposed residential development at Pine Street and Van Ness Ave. Oyster Development and Tricon Capital Group bought the long-vacant properties at 1634-1690 Pine Street in November 2011, and plan to build two 13-story buildings with 262 residential units and 5,600 square feet of retail space.
The new residential tower at 45 Lansing is rising up to take its place in the San Francisco skyline in the Rincon Hill neighborhood. The all-union crew has completed concrete pouring up through the tenth floor and is moving up in phases. Alex Meyers, Project Manager at 45 Lansing for the Build Group, said the work is going well and the project is on schedule for completion by December 2015.
Getting a building constructed along San Francisco’s waterfront just got a lot harder. Proposition B, the measure to limit heights along the waterfront by mandating voter approval of every project that exceeds current limits, passed with 59 percent of the vote. The Building Trades, affordable housing advocates and supporters of the planning process decried the measure as an example of ballot box planning that reduces complex land use issues to simplistic election slogans. Limiting heights and density will mean less construction jobs and less housing.
The fourth annual nationwide Women Building California and the Nation Conference, held in Sacramento from April 25 to 27, attracted a record number of women from around the country this year – up 40 percent over last year with 870 attendees. The event, hosted by the State Building and Construction Trades Council, included workshops, speakers and networking opportunities for women in the building trades. Speakers included Rita Magner, a member of SMART Local 104 and President of Tradeswomen, Inc.; State Senator Holly Mitchell; and Kristi Tuemmler, Operating Engineers Local 3. “It’s a very lonely job for women who want to do this work, so having this conference, it shows them that they’re not alone,” said conference coordinator Debra Chaplan.