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Our Top 10 Projects from 2015

In the future, when we look back at San Francisco in 2015 from a construction standpoint, we may consider it more of a transition year. Major projects like Sutter Health’s two California Pacific Medical Center campuses made significant progress, but they won’t start welcoming patients until 2019.

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10 Projects to Shape San Francisco for Years to Come

From basketball and mass transit to entirely new neighborhoods and one of the tallest buildings on the planet, the future of San Francisco construction promises to keep busy with some of the most awesome developments this city has seen. Talk about exciting. We’ve put together a list of 10 projects that we’ll be following in 2016, and for years to come.

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Forest City’s 5M project took a massive step forward after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the development at its Nov. 17 meeting.

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Results were mixed for the Building Trades in San Francisco’s municipal election on Nov. 3. While Mayor Ed Lee easily won re-election with the backing of the Building Trades, District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen failed to win a full term on the Board, losing to former District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

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Clark Construction Group broke ground on the 43-story office building, Park Tower, in October. The building at Howard and Beale in the Transbay Transit District will have 750,000 square feet of Class A space, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and more than 50,000 square feet of outdoor and open space.

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Modernization work at 34 San Francisco Unified School District sites covered by a project labor agreement between the Building Trades and School District is continuing during the 2015-2016 school session and progressing on schedule. San Francisco voters approved a $531 million Facility Bond Measure in November 2011 – the third and final installment of $1.3 billion in bonds to modernize and improve safety in SFUSD facilities.

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The area around Market Street and Van Ness Avenue is set to become the center of the next construction boom in San Francisco, with as many as 2,000 units of housing planned and set to start construction over the next few years.

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San Francisco’s planning commission voted on September 17 to approve Forest City Development’s 5M project, located at Mission and Fifth streets. After hearing six and a half hours of public comment, the Commission rejected a motion to continue the approval process to a future meeting on a 4-3 vote, then approved the environmental reviews and zoning changes required to OK the project on a 5-2 vote.

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Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council voted on the final endorsements for the Nov. 3 municipal election. The Council endorsed candidates for District Attorney, City Attorney and Treasurer, as well as six ballot measures. The SFBCTC had previously endorsed Mayor Ed Lee for re-election and Supervisor Julie Christensen for District 3 Supervisor. Delegates also endorsed Supervisor Scott Wiener for election to the State Senate in 2016.

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