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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously January 15 to direct City staff to negotiate and finalize a Citywide Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council for Public Works or improvement projects. The Board had voted unanimously December 11 to pass a citywide PLA ordinance on its first reading; the second vote came after five new members took office January 8 – all of whom stayed committed to their pledge to back the PLA and voted for the ordinance.

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Work on the new Sutter Van Ness Medical Office Building (MOB) at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard is nearing completion as crews make final tenant improvements to the nine-story, 253,000 square foot medical office building. Union contractor Rudolph and Sletten is the general contractor for the tenant improvement work; union contractor Pankow is the GC for the core and shell.

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City officials celebrated the completion of the Moscone Center expansion project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony January 3.

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The construction highlight of 2018 was arguably the completion of the Salesforce Tower, now the tallest building in San Francisco. And the city added Park Tower and 181 Fremont; and 706 Mission is close to completion. But 2018 wasn’t all about skyscrapers.

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For some cities, the opening of its tallest building would be a development high point, so to speak. Not San Francisco. The next few years, and decades, will be exciting and transformative with thousands of new housing units coming online, a new subway route, and a new state-of-the-art arena. And that’s just a start.

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In an effort to come to terms with the loss of their son, John and Karen Christopher established a nonprofit organization in 2008 to help guide youth towards stable careers and bright futures. Foundation Twentyone honors Jonathan C. Christopher, who was just embarking on a career as an elevator constructor before his untimely passing in an automobile accident.

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The area around Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue is set to become the center of the next construction boom in San Francisco. As many as 2,000 units of housing are in the planning pipeline to be built over the next few years or are currently under construction.

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved BUILD, Inc’s India Basin mixed use project on October 16, rejecting an appeal of the project’s Environmental Impact Report by some neighborhood and environmental groups. India Basin is located along the San Francisco Bay between the PG&E Power Plant site and Hunters Point Shipyard.

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With what will likely be a historically significant midterm election in the rearview, votes are still being counted in many key races across the country. Locally in San Francisco, the ballot was filled with five seats on the Board of Supervisors, a position on the BART Board of Directors and three spots on the School Board. Stakes were also high with ballot initiatives that will impact the city’s readiness for sea level rise and earthquakes as well as the future of transportation and housing. Although the final results are not yet in, many of SFBCTC’s endorsements faired well, a promising outcome that may help spur the passage of a citywide PLA, boost the minimum wage and advance educational opportunities for the trades.

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