A common misconception about the roofing trade is that crews spend their days perched precariously on the tops of buildings. While this is an essential feature of the job description, roofers can also be found up to 50 feet below street level making sure that structures are protected against water damage.
Being a member of the Laborers 261 is like being a jack of all trades, and this reality has been on full display as workers put their skills to the test at San Francisco International Airport and Warriors Arena. For most of 2018, a crew has been out at SFO, charged with ensuring the future of air travel safety by updating runway visual safety systems. Hunt is the general contractor of the project that involves work being done day and night, outdoors and inside the terminals.
The iconic Salesforce Tower at 415 Mission Street was officially opened for business as of May 22. However, the Glaziers have still been busy working on some crucial finishing touches for several of the lower and upper floors. Two small teams from the Local 718 employed by subcontractor Mission Glass and general contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie have been putting in long days over the past few months installing high quality glass for conference rooms, offices and staircases.
As part of an expansion project at the San Francisco International Airport, general contractor, Walsh Construction, is in the process of adding waste water treatment tanks to an existing facility. Subcontractor, Stroer & Graff Inc. has been at the SFO job site for several weeks with a crew of Local 34 pile drivers who have been busily pounding piles into the ground in the midst of challenging wind conditions.
The Sprinkler Fitters of Local 483 have been striving to save lives and property by installing commercial and residential fire suppressing sprinkler systems in the Bay Area for over 75 years. One of their newest endeavors is to get the Golden State Warriors Arena ready for the 2019-2020 NBA season.
Crew members with the Local 12 Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Workers have been laying many floors at both Salesforce Tower and the Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness and Geary Campus Hospital project. With 30 floors yet to install at Salesforce and 12 at CPMC, workers employed by Hoem & Associates and Anderson Commercial Flooring remain focused on the finer details while working steadily to advance to the next floor on schedule.
Close to 1,000 members of Sign Display Local 510 got the annual Salesforce convention up and running over an intense eleven-day period. The Dreamforce 2017 trade show featured a “trailblazers” theme fully decked out with nature backdrops imbuing a large area in and around Moscone Center West with hiking, camping and wilderness scenery.
A crew of BAC Local 3 Bricklayers and Tilelayers has been tackling a painstaking masonry job for the Transbay Transit Center Roof Top City Park. The park is an aspect of the first phase of the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center project and will feature a 5.4 acre area of greenery and pathways above the transportation hub. In addition to laying stone pathways, the crew has been building walls for the garden areas to get them ready for dirt and planting.
IBEW Local 6 has a 117 year history of illuminating San Francisco's built environment. Now a group of the union's electricians has gone underground as work on the Central Subway project speeds up. The project, with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion, is geared to bolster transit connectivity by adding about 1.7 miles of MUNI subway tunnel with four new stations along the way. Led by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Central Subway will provide much needed transit access for the rapidly growing population in the city's southeastern neighborhoods. The project will give residents of these neighborhoods and the region's commuters better access to Downtown, South of Market and Chinatown through new stations at Fourth and Brannan Streets, Fourth and Folsom Streets, Union Square, and Stockton and Washington Streets.
About 50 of Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 300's members work for the San Francisco Department of Public Works. With intensifying traffic congestion on the city's streets, many of those members have been tackling streetscape improvement projects all over the city to make conditions safer for pedestrians and commuters alike.