World class arena? Check. Tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River? Check. What’s left for San Francisco to build? The answer is plenty. From massive developments to tall skyscrapers, San Francisco is just getting started, and it’s the members of the building trades getting the job done.
The use of technology in the building trades is becoming more common, especially at large, complex projects like the Warriors’ Chase Center. San Francisco’s new world-class arena, developed by Clark Construction with joint venture partner Mortenson Construction, cost $1.4 billion and was completed on schedule despite extraordinary technical challenges.
At an October 24 hearing, Planning Commissioners denied an appeal of the approval of a residential project at 65 Ocean Avenue in proximity to the Balboa BART station. Presidio Bay Ventures plans to construct 193 dwelling units on a 0.9-acre site that also includes a a childcare facility with 6,013 square feet of classroom space and 2,613 of dedicated private open space, ground floor commercial, both private and shared open space, and below-grade parking.
A number of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council’s endorsements fared well on election day, which should bode well for the future of key issues like the creation of affordable housing, workers’ rights and improvements in public education—issues at the heart of Labor’s fight for working people and their families.
The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed candidates for Mayor, Board of Supervisors District 5, District Attorney and School Board for the November 5, 2019 election. The SFBCTC also backed incumbents in several citywide races that are not contested.
The San Francisco Planning Commission approved plans for a 42-story, 392-unit residential tower at 95 Hawthorne Street in September. Developer Trammell Crow Residential had first proposed the project at the corner of Folsom and Hawthorne in the Transbay Transit District in 2016.
The Golden State Warriors announced earlier this year that the team plans to build a 142-room hotel with 24 upper-floor market rate condominiums near the team’s new arena at South Street and Terry A. Francois Blvd. The Chase Center area includes 11 acres surrounding the arena from Third Street to South Street to Terry Francois Boulevard to 16th Street. The project would be 160-feet tall—the current height limit for Mission Bay buildings.
Representatives of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) are continuing to negotiate with the City of San Francisco to reach an agreement on the terms of a Citywide Project Labor Agreement for public works projects. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance in January requiring the City Administrator to negotiate with the relevant trade councils, craft and labor unions, and sign a PLA on behalf of the City by September 1, 2019.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) efforts to recruit and train local workers for its Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) projects has gotten results, with several Bayview residents earning good union wages and benefits on the major renovation of the City’s Southeast Water Treatment Plant. The SSIP work is covered by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council that builds on the successful PLA for the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) that began in 2007.