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Old Posted Jan 26, 2004, 9:04 PM
FourOneFive FourOneFive is offline
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Originally Posted by Fabb

What an unusual design.
I like it a lot. Except the blind wall on the side.
Are there more renderings of this building ? (Or facts).
If you go to the architect's website,, there are plenty of facts/ renderings about the new building.

Here's an article from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council from July of 2003:

Construction Begins on S.F. Federal Building

by Doug Perry

Public works projects continue to fuel the construction industry. Construction has begun in earnest on the new federal building located on the city block between Market, Mission, 7th and 8th Streets to the south of San Francisco's Civic Center. While the U.S. General Services Administration had held a 'groundbreaking' last July, site preparation, shoring and demolition proceeded slowly. The GSA will use Hunt, as the construction manager.

Originally the general contractor was to be a joint venture with the Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Nibbi Brothers of San Francisco and The Morganti Group. Nibbi has since dropped out. Union signatory contractors already selected include Bay Area Reinforcing, Berkel & Company, piledriving; Marelich Mechanical Co., Peak Engineering, Performance Contracting, Permasteelisa Cladding, Rosendin Electric, Transbay Fire Protection, fire sprinklers; Webcor Concrete and Western Roofing.

The new 18-story federal building will enclose roughly 600,000 sq. ft. of office space, looking over a large open plaza to the south facing Mission Street. The building cafeteria will occupy a separate low-rise structure on the northwest corner of 7th and Mission that will also be open to the public. The energy efficient, modern structure will provide an interesting counterpoint to the recently restored classic architecture of the courts building on the other side of 7th, now housing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. There had been some criticism by City Planning of the 'avant garde' design by architect Tom Mayne. The architect is SmithGroup Morphosis.

The building will be faced with a stainless steel screen to reduce heat gain, which will reduce the energy needed for both heating and cooling. Waved concrete ceilings will enhance the flow of air through the interior using the breezes coming off the ocean and San Francisco Bay. According to the Dick Corporation, office personnel above the fifth floor will be able to open their windows and let in fresh air. The GSA has estimated that the project will cost between $135 and $150 million.

Representatives from the new Joint Venture, the Dick Corporation and Morganti, outlined the status of the new project at a meeting with the Business Agents of The San Francisco Building Trades Council on Tuesday, June 17th. James Kreidler the Project Manager said that, while building permits were unnecessary because the project was being built on federal property, the GSA generally conforms to local planning guidelines. He promised that the building would be constructed using union signatories and union labor.

Tom DeMarco, the project manager, said that roughly half of the 1,100 piles for the foundation had been driven. He estimated substantial project completion by November of 2005. He reviewed the company policies regarding use of controlled substances, job safety and handling of toxins. Union business agents responded by pointing out the established procedures for dealing with these issues as covered in their union contracts.

There was some discussion of the method of selection for sub-contractors, to assure that they would be union. Contractors already selected include Bay Area Reinforcing, Hirshfeld Steel, Marelich Mechanical, Peak Engineering, Performance Contracting Inc., Permasteelisa, Cladding Technology, Rosendin Electric, Inc., Smith Emery, Vertrans Elevator, Webcor for concrete, and Western Roofing.

The General Supervisor, Ollie Whaley, said that crafts already on site included workers from the Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Piledrivers and Electricians.

The new building will provide office space for the U.S. Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health & Human Services and the Dept. of Agriculture.
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