When Too Tall Might be Too Tall!

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(E) The New York Times has published a very interesting article “San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble” about the risks of building taller and taller, in the San Francisco downtown when the Big One will happen. The race to build new offices and new homes are certainly pushing the limits to new heights.

The Salesforce tower on Mission Street, with 61 stories and 1,070 feet tall, is the tallest San Francisco building. It aims to provide offices to 4,500 Salesforce employees! That number itself is such a huge number of people commuting to San Francisco every day.

In contrast, Chevron, that traces its roots in San Francisco back to 1879, decided in 2001 to move its headquarters from Market Street to a San Ramon business park where 3,500 employees are working.

This week, the Times has published a new article “At Risk in a Big Quake: 39 of San Francisco’s Top High Rises” based on a report from the U.S. Geological Survey:

1. Hartford Building, 650 California

2. Beal Bank Building, 180 Sansome

3. Bechtel Building, 50 Beale

4. 44 Montgomery

5. 425 California Street

6. 555 California Street

7. McKesson Plaza, One Post

8. Pacific Gas & Electric Building, 77 Beale

9. One Embarcadero Center, 355 Clay

10. Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery

11. 100 Pine Center, 100 Pine

12. 211 Main Street

13. First Market Tower, 525 Market

14. 425 Market Street

15. Two Embarcadero Center

16. 221 Main Street

17. California Automobile Association Building, 100 Van Ness

18. Chevron Tower (Market Center)

19. Spear Tower (One Market Plaza)

20. Steuart Tower (One Market Plaza)

21. Three Embarcadero Center, 155 Clay

22. Shaklee Terraces, 444 Market

23. 333 Market Street

24. 595 Market Street

25. 201 California Street

26. Two Transamerica Center, 505 Sansome

27. 101 California Street

28. Telesis Tower, One Montgomery

29. 1 Ecker Square, 1 Ecker

30. 100 Spear Street

31. 101 Montgomery

32. Citicorp Center, One Sansome

33. 50 Fremont Center

34. 333 Bush Street

35. 345 California Street

36. 301 Howard Street

37. Hilton San Francisco Hotel, 333 O’Farrell

38. San Francisco Marriott, 55 4th

39. Embarcadero West, 275 Battery

 

Note: The picture above is San Francisco downtown.

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