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$1B CA Arena Nears Top Off

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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With the first game for San Francisco's $1 billion Golden State Warriors' Chase Center slated for 20 months from now, construction is moving along at a timely pace, but the Warriors have failed to uphold the agreement to assign at least 50 percent of stadium work to small businesses, according to reports.

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Recently, framing was seen going up in the southeastern part of the arena, marking a milestone for the completion of that section. Four anchors or cores, which are "lateral resisting components," intended to handle the transferred torque of an earthquake, were constructed by joint venture of Mortenson Construction and Clark Construction. Only recently have the cores been connected with steel and concrete.

Moving forward, the exteriors will be framed for each section of the arena.

Otherwise, the complex will feature the arena, an onsite underground practice facility, executive offices for the Warriors, 160-foot-tall office buildings that have been leased to Uber Technologies Inc., food and retail outlets and open space.

This translates to 580,000 square feet of office space, 125,000 square feet for food, beverage or retail and more than three acres for a plaza and landscaping.

In total, 21 miles of piles have been used to support the arena, the last six of which were set in bedrock.

In terms of present and future material use, 9,000 tons of structural steel will be used in the arena alone, with 60,000 cubic yards of concrete being poured so far, totaling 110,000 cubic yards by the completion of the project.

According to the San Francisco Business Times, the final anchor of the 18,000-seat arena will be topped off next week, while also building the steel skeleton of the main seating areas. The whole project is slated for completion by August 2019.

Minority-Owned Businesses

For construction companies working in redeveloping areas of San Francisco, the city has a requirement that good-faith effort must be made to assign 50 percent of project work to small businesses.

As it stands, however, 85 percent of the work has been assigned on the stadium, with small business only accounting for 18 percent of that total. Less than half of those small businesses are based in San Francisco, even though local endeavors are supposed to take preference in the bidding process.

Less than 2 percent of the arena work was assigned to minority-owned small businesses, with only 1.4 percent being given arena construction work.

With 15 percent of the project yet to be assigned, Matthew Ajiake, President of the San Francisco Bay Area Small Business Council, hopes that more small businesses will be hired.

“There is an opportunity to do better,” Ajiake told NBC Bay Area. “Especially since their motto is 'stronger together.' You cannot be stronger together and you’re leaving small businesses out of the stadium when small businesses and their families will be paying to attend the games.”

Hardcastle Specialties Inc. was one of the small businesses originally selected as a subcontractor to help install sprinkler systems. Mike Hardcastle, the firm's owner, told NBC that just before construction began, however, his business was benched, costing it $250,000-$300,000 in profit.

As it stands, no small businesses are doing any work on the arena’s sprinkler system, reported NBC. The contract was valued at $13 million.


Tagged categories: concrete; Construction; Design build; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Steel

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