Feb 9, 2017 Update

Continuing the week of February 13th, Oceanwide Center will be completing the final test shafts for its foundation which will require some additional night work. Unfortunately, there is no way around scheduling this work at night as our tests require that rebar and concrete be set immediately after these test shafts are drilled down to bedrock. We will do our best to limit impacts, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Additional crane equipment will be mobilized as the buildings along First Street continue to be demolished. Jessie Street between Ecker and First Street will be closed daily from 7am-5pm to ensure everyone’s safety during demolition. Utility work and pedestrian safety improvements will continue on the portion of Ecker between Mission and Jessie for the next several weeks, and additional sewer upgrade work will continue along First Street in the evenings.

Starting in March, Jessie Street between Ecker and First Street will be closed permanently. During construction, vehicular traffic will be temporarily rerouted from Jessie St south on to Ecker (between Jessie and Mission only). This reroute will remain in this condition until the project is near completion and this portion of Ecker is converted back into a pedestrian walkway. At no time during the project will vehicular traffic pass on the portion of Ecker between Stevenson and Jessie and that will remain for pedestrian access only.

If you have questions, please contact Patrick Otellini from Swinerton Webcor at potellini@swinertonwebcor.com or 415-847-1174.

The project also has a 24-hour construction hotline 415-746-9948 if you have any concerns.

SF Chronicle: Big new SF tower project breaks ground

First published in The San Francisco Chronicle

Quite simply, nobody covers architecture in San Francisco like John King does.

This is a complex that, when completed by 2021, will climb higher than the Transamerica Pyramid and contain more space than the nearby Salesforce Tower. So the developers wanted to kick things off in style, and more than 200 people showed up to mark the occasion.

Event staff circled among early guests with platters of carrot-coconut muffins. Two models were on display near the entrance. One, nearly 5 feet tall, was detailed enough to have small figures on view inside the windows.

Read on for his unique, fresh perspective on the Oceanwide Center groundbreaking event.

Curbed: SF’s second-tallest building finally breaks ground

First published in Curbed San Francisco

The Oceanwide Center’s groundbreaking was a little rainy, but Curbed noted the mayor’s remarks about how it may mean good fortune ahead.

Mayor Ed Lee promised that rain means good luck on auspicious occasions as he talked the project up as a community benefit and a way to foster closer ties abroad.

Standing at a podium flanked by one American flag and one Chinese flag, Lee, who just returned from a trip to China, praised Oceanwide Center (named for its Chinese developer) for “creating a relationship” between San Franciscan and Chinese interests.

They also compared the First Street tower to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude – a nice compliment indeed.

Feb 1, 2017 Update

Starting the week of February 6, Oceanwide Center will be completing the final test shafts for its foundation which will require some additional night work. Unfortunately, there is no way around scheduling this work at night as our tests require that rebar and concrete be set immediately after these test shafts are drilled down to bedrock. We will do our best to limit impacts, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Additional crane equipment will be mobilized as the buildings along First Street continue to be demolished. Jessie Street between Ecker and First Street will be closed daily from 7am-5pm to ensure everyone’s safety during demolition. Utility work and pedestrian safety improvements will continue on the portion of Ecker between Mission and Jessie for the next several weeks, and additional sewer upgrade work will continue along First Street in the evenings.

If you have questions, please contact Patrick Otellini from Swinerton Webcor at potellini@swinertonwebcor.com or 415-847-1174.

The project also has a 24-hour construction hotline 415-746-9948