Constructing a building in San Francisco (or any other big city) is not easy: with the planning department and neighborhood specifics, there are always unforeseen issues that arise once the City gives its green light. Issues faced by general contractors, unforeseen and otherwise, are a core part of the LISA game, to be launched in
There is probably no building more iconic in San Francisco than the 48-story Transamerica Pyramid. It was completed in 1972, and until Salesforce Tower’s completion in 2018, stood as the city’s tallest building. The general contractor was the Dinwiddie Construction Company, now known as Hathaway Dinwiddie, and the architect was William L. Pereira. While the
I initially viewed the new Apple Campus from behind a chain link fence in early 2017 while it was under construction. Then two things happened. First, I read an article in the New York Times about “base isolators” (more on that later). Then, I experienced the 7.1 earthquake on the evening of July 5th while visiting my
I am fascinated with all things construction, and, in this instance, with the ubiquitous concrete trucks that we see at construction sites. So, I invited myself to visit Mira--Tishman’s 40-story condo development (aka “The Twisty Building”) on Folsom at Spear. I was taken on a tour by two gents with Pacific-Structures, the development’s concrete structure
Your parents did everything they could to help you get into college. Bet you can’t wait to tell them the news that –wait for it –you’re going into construction. Construction? Seriously? Is that why you spent four (or more) years in college? Yup. It sounds crazy, but today, more and more of the best and the
Sharon Smith is a construction worker, but she seldom wears a hard hat or steps onto a construction site. Instead, Sharon, 24, consults to engineering, construction, and architectural firms in the area of sustainability. It’s one thing to put up buildings. It’s another thing altogether to make sure the buildings are built in the most
In episode 7 of Sam & Sam, Sam proudly reveals his newly employed status in the construction industry where his ambition and coding skills are in demand and highly valued.
In Episode 6 of Sam & Sam, our couple grabs coffee to discuss their future plans. The topic of grad school comes up, and Samantha to considers going.
Episode 5 of Sam & Sam, brings our duo to their first worksite together and the site is abuzz with work. From interior designers, contractors, architects, geologists and more, Sam and Sam get to see all the variety of skill and creation that goes into a building.
In Episode 4 of Sam & Sam, Samantha enthusiastically introduces Sam to a few of the high rises she and her team helped bring to life.