May 5, 2017 Update

Later this week, Jessie Street between Ecker and 1st will be closed to cars and pedestrians as we begin the first phase of the Jessie Street reroute. Through traffic will be rerouted down Ecker Street to Mission.

Demolition at 50 1st will continue weekdays from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. This work is expected to be complete by early June.

PG&E will be working on 1st street near Jessie tomorrow evening until midnight. They will be removing equipment that is no longer in use.

Starting on May 19th for four weeks, steel will be delivered to the Mission Street site from the hours of Midnight-6am as Oceanwide begins the installation of the perimeter shoring wall. The City requires these deliveries to take place at night due to the large size of the steel piles, but every effort will be made to minimize the impacts associated with this work.

Apr 27, 2017 Update

Construction safety barricades have been installed along Stevenson Street and First Street.

Demolition at 50 1st will continue weekdays from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. This work is expected to be complete by early June.

Pedestrian improvements are complete, and Ecker Street between Jessie and Mission is now open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Thank you for your patience while we completed the pedestrian improvements.

Jessie will continue to be closed daily from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm to both pedestrians and vehicles.

Soon, Jessie Street between Ecker and 1st will be closed to cars and pedestrians. Once we have a date for this closure, we will alert the neighborhood.

Apr 6, 2017 Update

This Saturday, Oceanwide’s contractors will be working at 50 1st Street from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm. Continuing for the rest of the week and similar to last week, the hours of this work will be expanded from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Mobilization will continue on the Mission Street site to prepare for the shoring of existing utility vaults adjacent to the site. This will include setting up concrete pumps and mobilizing additional crane and drill equipment. Oceanwide’s contractors have begun assembling test panels on site for the upcoming shoring work.

Please note our 24 Hour Construction Hotline to be used in emergencies: 415.746.9948.

Mar 31, 2017 Update

We are excited to announce that buildings 40 and 50 have been demolished to the ground floor level and there will be no further overhead demolition work.  Thank you for your patience as we reached this significant milestone in the project.

This Saturday, Oceanwide’s contractors will be working at 50 1st Street from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Beginning Monday and continuing for the rest of the week, the hours of this work will be extended from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Mobilization will begin on the Mission Street site to prepare for the shoring of existing utility vaults adjacent to the site. This work will include setting up concrete pumps and mobilizing additional crane and drill equipment. Starting the week of April 3rd, Oceanwide’s contractors will begin assembling test panels on site for the upcoming shoring work anticipated to start in the near future.

The project’s 24-hour construction hotline can be reached at 415-746-9948 if you have any concerns.

Mar 9, 2017 Update

This Saturday, Oceanwide’s contractors will continue internal demolition work on 50 1st street. The work hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday.

Over the next two weeks, Oceanwide’s contractors will continue the demolition of 50 1st street and begin to prepare the site along Mission Street. This work will take place during regular work hours and will include mobilizing equipment for future work.

Jessie Street between Ecker and First Street will be closed daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. to ensure everyone’s safety during demolition.

Please call the 24-hour construction hotline 415-746-9948 if you have any concerns.

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

Jan 13, 2017 Update

Beginning this weekend, Oceanwide or its authorized contractors will begin work on the southern portion of Ecker street between Mission and Jessie. This work includes planned pedestrian improvements and safety upgrades. Jessie street will continue to be closed during construction hours for the next 4-6 weeks.

Beginning January 16th and continuing for a period of three weeks, drilled pile work will be performed 24 hours a day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by night work.  Unfortunately, there is no way around this 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.

Please note our 24 Hour Construction Hotline to be used in emergencies. 415.746.9948.