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Progress Continues at Oakland Jobsite

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   July 25, 2016   |   Image Gallery »
Progress Continues at Oakland Jobsite

It’s full steam ahead for Phase 1 of Swinerton’s 51st and Broadway project in Oakland, California! The project consists of four buildings to be occupied by Safeway, Chase Bank, a split Boston Market and Pieology, and nine other retail tenants including Pet Food Express, The Habit, and Great Clips. Between the beginning of February and the end of March, Swinerton turned over Chase Bank and the remaining half of Safeway to the tenant improvement general contractor. The Safeway rooftop parking deck and vehicle ramp are nearing completion, with the topping slab being poured in sequences. Additionally, Swinerton is also only a few exterior activities away (such as painting and wood staining) from turning over the Boston Market and Pieology building to the tenant improvement contractor. The nine-tenant retail building is currently finished with steel erection and will soon be complete with slab-on-grade and curbs.

While core and shell work continues on the four buildings, site work and off-site improvements are under way. Current on-site activities include utility trenching; grading for parking areas to be paved in early May; and forming, placing, and finishing concrete bio-retention walls. These bio-retention areas will be backfilled and neatly located within landscaping to capture and filter runoff naturally. Current off-site work includes surveying and layout for two improved intersections with new accessible sidewalks, curbs, landscaping, bike lanes, and additional traffic lanes.

This spring, Swinerton hosted a comprehensive student field trip for two UC Berkeley architecture studios, which involved a detailed tour around the jobsite that focused largely on the structural steel in place as the Berkeley students’ most recent modules were taught on steel. Other teaching points included fireproofing techniques, metal stud framing, waterproofing, water testing, concrete formwork, slope stabilization, and seismic joints. The site walk was engaging and gave students the opportunity to ask questions to multiple Swinerton employees. The 51st and Broadway team looks forward to the possibility of having the students back after finishes are in place.