On the Jobsite

As part of its huge sewer system overhaul, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is investing $3 billion in its Southeast Treatment Plant in Bayview-Hunters Point. The idea is to build a new wastewater pollution treatment system that, once complete, will smell, look, and work better. A big element of that system is the biosolids digester — a.k.a. the biodigester.

On Monday, December 19, painter apprentices from Painters and Drywall Finishers Locals 3, 487, 741, and 913 gathered at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco’s Alamo Square to donate their time, talent, and resources for an ongoing church restoration project.

This year for National Apprenticeship Week, a contingent from the State Building Trades Council of California (SBCTC) embarked upon a Golden State-spanning trek from Redding to San Diego for an in-person look at classroom and jobsite training for building trades apprentices across California.

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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