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Union, business and community leaders, as well as colleagues in elected office, remembered San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his integrity, humility and decency in the days following his unexpected death on December 12.

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One concrete way Mayor Lee demonstrated his commitment to Labor and San Francisco workers was through his appointments to the Boards and Commissions that decide and implement policies that impact the quality of life and jobs in San Francisco. The San Francisco Building Trades Council and San Francisco Labor Council have long advocated for union representation on those bodies. Mayor Lee appointed many union leaders to important positions. Organized Labor spoke with some of the appointees about the Mayor and his legacy.

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Adding to robust development in the city's Eastern neighborhoods, the University of California San Francisco currently has four major projects under construction in Mission Bay and Dogpatch. Groundbreaking took place last April for the Precision Cancer Medicine Building that's slated to begin treatment of patients in 2019. A month later, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building and the Minnesota Street Graduate Student and Trainee Housing projects were approved by the University's Board of Regents; and the Center for Vision Neuroscience was approved in February.

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San Francisco keeps growing and changing and defining itself as a world-class city in the 21st Century. From the Salesforce Tower to the Transbay Transit Center, the future is now. But that future is for the many, not just the few, as our list of the Best Projects of 2017 can attest. And some are even firmly rooted in the past.

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What the city of San Francisco has cooking to come on line in the coming years is quite remarkable. From a world-class arena and world-class medical facilities to a long-needed addition to the Golden Gate Bridge and the second tallest building in the city, there’s plenty to be excited about.

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Webcor Builders is the general contractor for the project at 706 Mission Street that will feature a 43-story, 480-foot tall residential tower with approximately 146 condominium units. The condo tower will also be connected to the historic 10-story Aronson Building on the corner of Mission and Third streets that will also contain luxury condominium units.

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DPR Construction is the general contractor for Kilroy Realty's mixed-use office and industrial complex at 100 Hooper, located in the SOMA district near Mission Bay. The $270 million, 400,000 square foot project designed by FORGE and Pfau Long Architecture features two four-story buildings with 311,000-square-feet of office space on the upper levels and 86,000-square-feet of light industrial space on the ground floor.

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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.

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The CityBuild Academy held a graduation for its 27th class of pre-apprentices on Oct. 25 at San Francisco City Hall's North Light Court.

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