28 Sep 2016
From childhood playing with our first set of building blocks, we are taught to build from the bottom.  We learn trial after trial that our tower will fall over if our foundation is not solid and the ground work is not set properly.
So why then, through life, must we relearn this lesson time and time again, just in different scenarios?

The latest lesson…Millennium Towers in San Francisco.

The Millennium Towers is located in Yerba Buena and considered the “symbol of wealth” by locals.  Boasting the most expensive one bedroom condo in the city, this building is home to celebrities including Joe Montana and other high influential members of society.
Did I mention that since it’s completion in 2008 the structure has sunk more than 16 inches and slopes almost 2 inches to the northeast?
16 inches, no big deal right? Well, let’s consider it…exactly how tall is 16 inches?
That’s equivalent to 2 average sized Chihuahuas stacked, the length of 1.5 footballs set end to end, and

Still think 16 inches is irrelevant?

Professor Greg Deierlein, director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University.  Multiple high believes it’s “significant…and of concern.”  As of late, high rises in downtown San Francisco are being evaluated for safety standards and
Ok, it’s sinking.  Now what?  Are measures being taken to correct the problem?  Nope.  Now the blame game starts.
The first finger pointing started as Millennium Tower is blaming the adjacent Transbay Transit Center claiming that “all buildings settle over time” according to a spokesman for developer Millennium Partners,  and the tower has “settled more than originally anticipate because it was affected by subsequent construction by other.”
The finger directed at Millennium Tower is blaming poor design, focusing on the “concrete slab foundation that doesn’t reach bedrock” at a depth of 200 ft.  A prepared statement by TJPA legislative affairs and community outreach manager, Scott Boule, says that the Millennium Tower
As a bystander, viewing the situation from afar, our opinion is neutral but condo owners are beginning to seek legal advice.  The main complaint in the suit is as a result of “diminution in value” of all units in the Tower on 301 Mission St.  Residents of the building were warned that the building was still sinking and cracks in the parking garage appeared.
This is a tough lesson and one that has not even begun to come to a conclusion.  Stay tuned.