Work on Kilroy Realty's office project at 16th and Owens in Mission Bay, The Exchange, is progressing on schedule, with union signatory contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie as general contractor. The $570 million project will have 736,000 square feet of Class A office space and 14,000 square feet of ground level retail space. The project includes two 12-story towers, two 6-story podiums, and a 262,000 square foot, 5-story parking structure on the 3.5 acre site.
Several projects are underway on Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island this fall that will create and strengthen the foundation for the construction of new homes, hotels and retail spaces that will be built over the next 10 to 15 years. A joint venture of Lennar Corporation, Wilson Meany, Stockbridge Real Estate Funds and Kenwood Investments is developing the dense, mixed-use project they call "one of the most environmentally sustainable development plans in US history."
On a hilltop at the Hunter's View housing project, overlooking the San Francisco skyline, Governor Jerry Brown signed 15 bills into law on Sept. 29 that will help increase the supply and affordability of housing in California. The legislative package provides funding for affordable housing, reduces regulations, strengthens existing housing laws and boosts construction. The State Assembly passed the package of bills at the end of the legislative session Sept. 14.
The San Francisco Planning Commission approved developer Forest City's plan for Pier 70 at its Aug. 24 meeting. The 28-acre development east of Illinois St. between 18th and 20th streets will include housing, commercial and retail space, and publicly accessible waterfront parks.
Laborers Local 261 member and former labor representative Joshua Arce took over as the new director of San Francisco's CityBuild program on September 11. Arce will bring experience from his background as a civil rights attorney and affordable housing advocate to the position, leading efforts in construction training coordination.
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local Union 83 member Hugo Mejia and United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 68L member Rodrigo Nuñez went to their Solano County job site, a hospital within Travis Air Force Base, on May 3. An otherwise ordinary day of working on the job, they were detained by military base staff and subsequently by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they presented their California driver's licenses and tax identification numbers instead of social security numbers. Held by ICE for months at jails in Elk Grove and Yuba County without any formal hearings regarding their cases, many groups across the country have been rallying in support of their release.
The continued hope for inmates in the California prison system is that they will one day become productive members of society. In that regard, the building trades are doing what they can to help move that narrative forward. The transition from incarceration to trades worker goes through the Inmate Ward Labor training program.