It’s Not Easy

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

2019-10-12T00:32:21+00:00 Happenings|

Transamerica Pyramid & LISA

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

2019-09-11T19:16:33+00:00 Happenings|

Apple & Earthquakes

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

2019-08-06T23:18:40+00:00 Happenings|

Concrete & Me

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

2019-06-27T16:55:01+00:00 Happenings|