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SF's Millennium Tower fix will not resume as planned. Report shows work was causing further sinking.

By Eric Holder follow Eric Holder   2021 Sep 14, 11:46am 253 views   17 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Work on fixing San Francisco's beleaguered Millennium Tower will not resume any time soon after a new report found that the fix itself was likely causing further sinking.

After abruptly tilting another inch over just a few weeks during construction in June and July, a temporary stop was put on all work on Aug. 23.

Principal engineer on the project, Ronald Hamburger of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, told SFGATE that the pause was intended for "two to four weeks." But no restart date is currently planned after San Francisco officials at the Department of Building Inspection asked the tower's management not to resume construction.

The sudden drop of an inch on the Fremont Street side was observed after crews had drilled halfway down to bedrock to install new piles, and translates to 5 inches of lean on the 58th floor.

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Since its construction in 2009, the luxury high-rise — where some condos sold for $10 million on opening — has sunk 17 to 18 inches into the earth on the northwest corner.

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https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/san-francisco-millennium-tower-sinking-fix-halted-16455606.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-Editors-Picks
1   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 14, 11:49am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I think Shrubbie Bush and Dick Cheney have a solution for this problem. Dancing Israelis at additional cost, but now they know how to tango.
2   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 14, 2:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

As it's San Francisco, something tells me that the engineers were hired on the basis of something other than their own competence...
3   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 14, 2:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
As it's San Francisco, something tells me that the engineers were hired on the basis of something other than their own competence...

Just think of all the street shit each apartment will see as the building sinks into the ground. Karma for the oligarchs nazi-fying our country.
4   Blue   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 14, 3:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

That is scary. How much more needs to be seen before demolition.
5   Eric Holder   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 14, 3:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Blue says
That is scary. How much more needs to be seen before demolition.


They will keep propping it up until it crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".
6   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 14, 6:03pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Eric Holder says
They will keep propping it up until in crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".

LOL!
7   RC2006   ignore (2)   2021 Sep 14, 6:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Eric Holder says
They will keep propping it up until in crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".


Are you kidding me, it's Trumps fault.
8   clambo   ignore (5)   2021 Sep 14, 7:27pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I’m amazed that they built it in the first place.
9   HunterTits   ignore (4)   2021 Sep 14, 10:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Perfect allegory for the state in general.
10   richwicks   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 15, 12:52am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Eric Holder says
Blue says
That is scary. How much more needs to be seen before demolition.


They will keep propping it up until in crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".


Showing our oligarchy isn't credible is necessary.
11   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2021 Sep 15, 5:38am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
As it's San Francisco, something tells me that the engineers were hired on the basis of something other than their own competence...


Probably H1B's or outsourced completely. Either that or bean counters ruined it.
12   HunterTits   ignore (4)   2021 Sep 15, 11:28am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

This is why the High Speed Train from Nowhere the Voters Voted On to Nowhere the Voters Voted On still hasn't been built, too.
13   Blue   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 15, 12:01pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HunterTits says
This is why the High Speed Train from Nowhere the Voters Voted On to Nowhere the Voters Voted On still hasn't been built, too.

Still billions are being spent.
14   WookieMan   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 15, 12:15pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I haven't read up on this building much, but have heard the story. It's an engineering disaster waiting to happen. Blue above has it right, needs to be demo'd.

The building is coming down regardless. It's just a matter of how. My former boss had his 6k sq. ft. house lifted right off the Chicago river due to sinking issues like this. It generally doesn't work long term. He sold it. Likely in a shady manner like the piece of shit he was.

At least save lives and be able to recycle much of the building. I know it's been a while it's been sinking, but engineers have no idea the breaking point before this thing kills hundreds and causes $1B in property damage depending how it falls (value wise). Just take the fucker down. It's gonna be a 9 figure bill to shore up a sky scraper, that's for sure.
15   Blue   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 15, 12:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

WookieMan says
I know it's been a while it's been sinking, but engineers have no idea the breaking point before this thing kills hundreds and causes $1B in property damage depending how it falls (value wise). Just take the fucker down. It's gonna be a 9 figure bill to shore up a sky scraper, that's for sure.

Very likely tax payer will be on hook to pay private loss.
16   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 15, 12:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hopefully just the San Francisco taxpayers.
17   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 15, 1:10pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Oh Jeez.

We were supposed to have learned our lesson in Genesis Chapter 11 about manifesting our hubris in the erection of tall buildings.

But we never learn.

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