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What I Did on My summer vacation

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   November 14, 2014
What I Did on My summer vacation

The summer I spent in San Francisco on Swinerton’s 535 Mission project was a lot cooler than any winter purportedly experienced by Samuel Clemens. As a graduating Construction Management major from SLO (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo), I had previously completed an internship with a Bay Area paving and grading firm; but working on a downtown San Francisco high-rise has been a truly phenomenal experience.

Swinerton’s 535 Mission Street Project was designed by the renowned architectural firm Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK Architects). The firm has clearly differentiated themselves with a modern, 378-foot-tall, 28-story structure that provides nearly 350,000 square feet of Class A office space to the SOMA skyline. Located on Mission Street, between First Street and Second Street, the tower is the first office building in its category completed in San Francisco since 2008.Thanks to Swinerton’s diligent efforts the project is also on track to be the first LEED Platinum certified office building in the City. Located just steps from the Transbay terminal, the building will provide 27 floors of open office space above the towering first floor lobby and adjacent retail/restaurant space. A minimalistic basement parking area reflects the culture of pedestrian access and public transportation availability within the heart of
San Francisco’s financial district.

When I started with Swinerton at the beginning of the summer, the building was framed out on the upper floors and exterior cladding was moving its way around the building. Within the first few weeks on the job, I was immersed into BMU, chiller, transformer, and elevator installation assisting the MEP superintendent monitor and coordinate the subcontractors crews. In July, we hit a major milestone: the tower crane and manlift were removed and vertical conveyance shifted to the building’s service and low-rise elevators. Shortly after, installation of the “left out” sections of glazed curtain wall were installed at the openings that crane supports and manlift doors had previously occupied. The building was officially closed in and our team intensified their focus on the next milestones: building, fire, and electrical inspections.

The finished building is beautiful; I have been very fortunate to work with such welcoming and intelligent professionals. Under the guidance of MEP Superintendent Cary Thompson, I was able to gain insight into the complex arena of mechanical start-up and commissioning. Senior Project Engineers Stuart Price and Alejandro De los Santos patiently reviewed the CMiC process with me and Project Administrator Genevieve Harder exemplified how an effective team and office could synchronize toward a common goal. I have gained a breadth of knowledge about the commercial construction industry that I would never have experienced without being a part of the 535 Mission team, and I had a blast doing it. I’m truly thankful for the amazing opportunity that Swinerton has provided me this summer, and the family who has supported me at 535 Mission.