On the Jobsite

For the past couple of months, a small crew from IBEW Local 6 has been hard at work on a pioneering solar project in the heart of the City.

Photography by George Verlaine

The sprawling Mission Rock mega-project, which covers 28 acres in total, is essentially one enormous jobsite made up of many distinct and rather large jobsites of their own. And now, in a hot phase of construction, the super-jobsite of Mission Rock is teeming with construction workers from a variety of trades.

The Potrero Power Station mixed-use project is slated to open up a significant swath of San Francisco’s Central Waterfront to the public for the first time in 150 years.

One of the U.S.’s busiest transit systems, Muni keeps San Francisco buzzing. But it comes at the cost of extensive daily maintenance of fleets of buses, light-rail vehicles, and historic cable cars — much of it handled by IBEW Local 6.

No building is ready for occupancy until the Sprinkler Fitters have covered all the fire safety bases. One of the many major Bay Area projects Local 483 members are currently tackling is the new headquarters of another union: that of Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters. A crew of Sprinkler Fitters employed by Westates has been busy at the new office and mixed-use project at 1629 Market Street.

The San Francisco Unified School District Construction Crafts Coalition is a small but determined crew of skilled and trained construction workers who keep the city school district’s infrastructure humming.

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Local 22 Carpenters have been working on multiple projects in the Mission District, including a full remodel of KQED’s headquarters at 2601 Mariposa Street and a new home for the Mission Kids Co-op at 969 Treat Avenue. Local 22 members have been involved in the entire span of the KQED remodel, which began in September of 2019 and is expected to wrap-up in May of next year.

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A crew of six Local 8 Elevator Constructors has been busy working on a modernization project at 1000 Broadway in Oakland. The multi-tenant building that has been mostly empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic presented prime conditions for upgrading ten elevators to modern standards.

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When walking San Francisco’s many neighborhoods, one may only take notice of the sidewalks when they’ve ruptured from years of pressure from tree roots or geologic forces and become hazardous.

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Members of the Glaziers Local 718 recently began work on an affordable housing project at 691 China Basin Street. The project, built by general contractor Cahill, will deliver 152 units for low-income families including 38 apartments that are reserved for residents relocating from HOPE SF public housing sites, which are up for redevelopment.

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