SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – This is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. A construction project designed to stabilize the building against sinking did not work.
Now a supervisor in San Francisco tells KRON4 it’s time to bring in outside experts.
It looks like the famous Millennium Tower in San Francisco, which was first reported sinking in August 2016, is now leaning a bit more.
“He leaned an additional 5 inches and sank a few more inches,” said Aaron Peskin. “Not good! Not good. Buildings are supposed to stand like this. There is a little tolerance but not that much.
At this point, San Francisco supervisor Aaron Peskin is out of tolerance for a construction project designed to address the Millennium Tower sinking problem.
“Seems to have exacerbated the sinking and tipping. These are the revelations we heard about in August. The building actually continued to sink and tilt at a relatively alarming rate, ”Peskin said.
This corresponds to a construction report received by the Millennium Tower Association. Their spokesperson sent KRON4 a statement that reads:
“Our design engineering team, led by Ron Hamburger, confirmed, based on the monitoring data, that the increase in building movement stopped almost immediately after construction was stopped and reverted to pre-construction settlement and tilt levels, which had been negligible for several years.
A city-appointed design review committee approved the design plan to stabilize the tower, but in light of this recent development, supervisor Peskin says now is the time to bring in outside engineers to examine the situation.
“The fix has been reviewed and recommended by this design review committee. I am now interested in other national and professional engineers to oversee their work, ”Peskin said.
Supervisor Peskin is now asking for a special hearing, which would bring the building inspections department, review board members, engineers and construction management to the board of supervisors.
“I think we need to understand why the sinking accelerated during the work that was in progress. There are theories about the drying out of the basement. There are theories that maybe some of the holes for the piles were dug too big. I want to understand who was overseeing this and who was checking this and frankly I’m very concerned that our building inspection department is overwhelmed and doesn’t have the in-house expertise, ”Peskin said.