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Old Posted Apr 21, 2018, 8:03 PM
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That really is shocking. My building is 36 years old and we have nothing like that in our garage.
ours is 100+, and we definitely have nothing like that! then again, we're on high ground/rock out of the water table.

that said, i'm not sure exactly what we're seeing there. looks like bad spalling and then some exploratory demo (the diagonal cuts, circular holes at the top?). the exposed rebar can't be the result of an actual failure.
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2018, 3:27 AM
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It almost looks like the new, replacement rebar. That would help explain the rather large holes in the wall (caused by removing the old, rusted / damaged rebar). That's often what happens on these types of jobs - the old steel has to be completely removed until you are back to good steel. Then new steel is installed, bonding coats applied, and new concrete installed.
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2018, 6:28 PM
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TJPA: Ruling Limits Taxpayer Liability in Millennium Tower Legal Costs Fight
September 24, 2018 07:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) announced Monday that a court ruling last week may require the TJPA to pay in the future just a fraction of the legal costs sought by Mission Street Development (MSD), the developer of the sinking and tilting Millennium Tower.

On September 20, 2018, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected MSD’s request that the Court require the TJPA to defend MSD in six lawsuits. Those lawsuits have been brought against MSD for the excessive settlement and tilt of the Tower, including numerous fraud claims asserted by Millennium Tower residents against MSD.

The ruling did not examine or determine who caused the excessive settlement and tilt of the Millennium Tower, which will not be determined until trial in June 2019. The ruling dealt only with the narrow issue of whether the TJPA has a duty to defend MSD (e.g., MSD’s reasonable attorneys’ fees) based solely on what has been alleged by plaintiffs in the various complaints. Any suggestion that the ruling opens the possibility that the TJPA must pay the plaintiffs’ alleged damages due to the excessive settlement and tilt of the Tower is incorrect and a misreading of the Court’s order.

MSD argued that the TJPA was required under an indemnity clause in a 2008 easement agreement to defend MSD in all six cases against all claims, including fraud claims that unit holders filed against MSD for failing to disclose the excessive settlement and tilt prior to the sale of units.

The Court rejected that argument and held that the TJPA only has a duty to defend MSD against two claims in one case filed by the Homeowners Association for the Tower . . . .
https://www.businesswire.com/news/ho...llennium-Tower
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Old Posted Dec 4, 2018, 7:59 AM
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Millennium Tower homeowners propose $100 million solution to sinking problem
J.K. Dineen Dec. 3, 2018 Updated: Dec. 3, 2018 8:20 p.m.

Homeowners in the sinking Millennium Tower on Tuesday will submit a permit application to shore up the 58-story building by drilling more than 50 new piles down to bedrock, a nearly $100 million fix.

In an application to be filed with the city’s Department of Building Inspection, the Millennium Tower Association laid out plans for a “perimeter pile upgrade,” 52 steel and concrete piles that would shift a portion of the building’s weight from its existing foundation system to bedrock about 250 feet below.

While the application outlines about $30 million worth of work, the entire pile upgrade would cost nearly $100 million and take 18 months. The contractor would drill 22 new piles along Mission Street and 30 along Fremont Street. Each pile is 24 inches in diameter and weighs 140,000 pounds and would take three or four days to drill into place. A reinforced concrete “inner pile” would be installed within each steel shaft.

That shift would relieve stress on soils that have compressed beneath the building, causing it to settle more than anticipated and to tilt, according to engineer Ronald Hamburger of the firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, which designed the plan. The new piles on the north and west sides would limit future settlement of the tower to minimal levels and reverse the building’s tilt, according to Hamburger.

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Easy. Shore it up or tear it down. I personally vote tear it down. Everyone is talking about how its sinking, no one is talking about the safety of the actual structure and the stress that the tilt has put on the buildings steel/concrete that we cant see from the exterior and walls from the interior. cracks here, cracks there, how's the steel holding up? reinforced concrete ? of course the developer will say their tests prove its "fine". To put it in perspective, Vegas tor down a 25 story building that was never opened because of bad reinforced concrete, stresses on the steel and etc. because they were afraid of earthquakes.....but this leaning tower with obvious issues inside and out, sitting in the middle of earthquake country makes sense? You couldn't pay me to live there for an extended amount of time.
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no one is talking about the safety of the actual structure and the stress that the tilt has put on the buildings steel/concrete that we cant see from the exterior and walls from the interior. cracks here, cracks there, how's the steel holding up? reinforced concrete ? of course the developer will say their tests prove its "fine". To put it in perspective, Vegas tor down a 25 story building that was never opened because of bad reinforced concrete, stresses on the steel and etc. because they were afraid of earthquakes.....but this leaning tower with obvious issues inside and out, sitting in the middle of earthquake country makes sense? You couldn't pay me to live there for an extended amount of time.
They are certainly talking about it. That's the first thing everybody talked about when they first heard what was happening. But so far no engineer has said it's at risk of collapse or a hazard to people or the buildings around it.

And if you read the post directly above your own, they have a pretty sensible plan to "fix" it so I say "just do it".
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They are certainly talking about it. That's the first thing everybody talked about when they first heard what was happening. But so far no engineer has said it's at risk of collapse or a hazard to people or the buildings around it.

And if you read the post directly above your own, they have a pretty sensible plan to "fix" it so I say "just do it".
Let's hope that works and there is not an earthquake before then. Why oh why did they build this 60 story building without anchoring it in bedrock in a fill area in a high hazard area during earthquakes! How could they not learn from 1906 and 1989?

That picture of the garage concrete is appalling!
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Why? Because their engineering consultant said friction piles and a thick mat foundation were adequate.

Guess he was wrong. Lawsuits all around, especially since the fix is going to cost $100 million.

Non-San Franciscans may not be aware that another result of this is that the developer, Millennium Partners, which is not a local or small outfit, has had to sell their interest in another large project, 706 Mission St., which is now going to be a 4 Seasons condo building.
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They are certainly talking about it. That's the first thing everybody talked about when they first heard what was happening. But so far no engineer has said it's at risk of collapse or a hazard to people or the buildings around it.

And if you read the post directly above your own, they have a pretty sensible plan to "fix" it so I say "just do it".
I read it. Still not impressed. Engineers can say a lot. Are they going floor to floor and checking the buildings condition on a daily? no, or they taking samples from each floor and testing the reinforced concrete ? no. The engineers are essentially saying "well if we fix it, it should be fine" since this is uncharted territory on American soil, similar cases overseas, china, have all lead to collapse or tear downs. And now we are going to say drilling down to bed rock, some how lifting the billions of tons to get the building leveled will certainly do the job. GREAT. but the damage is still already done with the stress on the steal and concrete.

No matter what engineers say, this building will forever have problems until the day its replaced. Broken pipes, elevators not working, cracks in walls and floors, basement floors that looks like a disaster and so on. But these new drill holes should do the trick. If Vegas was skittish with a 25 story building not being safe hundreds of miles away from a major Faultline, sitting directly on/next to major fault lines in a much taller tower should make anyone clutch their pearls. Not to mention living/working in the towers around it.

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There is no steel frame. Millennium Tower is completely heavy concrete, causing the weight problem for the insufficient foundation on bay fill.

As a side note, the tower is 645 feet, not 605 as illustrated above.
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wouldn't it be easier to cut it halfway up? they just built it too tall.
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There is no steel frame. Millennium Tower is completely heavy concrete, causing the weight problem for the insufficient foundation on bay fill.

As a side note, the tower is 645 feet, not 605 as illustrated above.
Well that's even worse. You have a giant reinforced concrete box that's tilting. Major cracks in the foundation around the building and in the building itself, which obviously means the steel inside the concrete is contracting/expanding and under severe stress. Yet..... Engineers are allegedly saying "its fine"...…. And now we're supposed to believe that simply digging under the building and adding new piles to support one of the heaviest buildings on the west coast in earthquake country should do the trick.....

Ok i'll bite. But what about the tilt ? will digging down to bedrock correct the tilt? and the fact that the developer had the nerve to say that construction nearby is to blame because they shifted dirt around.....What happens when there's an earthquake??? Both LA and SF have seen sooooooo much new construction in terms of high rises and its been nearly 30 years since both have suffered major earthquakes. If shifting dirt is to blame for this towers lean, lets pray that other developers don't have the same mindset.

at this point I vote tear it down and start over. I feel bad for all those tricked into buying a condo there.

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SF Gate updated 7/29/2020 news story says the fix is ready. there is a link in the article to the Engineering News Record for the source which says there are only 2 free views.

This is the link to the SF Gate article:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorsp...d-15439863.php
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Well that's even worse. You have a giant reinforced concrete box that's tilting. Major cracks in the foundation around the building and in the building itself, which obviously means the steel inside the concrete is contracting/expanding and under severe stress. Yet..... Engineers are allegedly saying "its fine"...…. And now we're supposed to believe that simply digging under the building and adding new piles to support one of the heaviest buildings on the west coast in earthquake country should do the trick.....

Ok i'll bite. But what about the tilt ? will digging down to bedrock correct the tilt? and the fact that the developer had the nerve to say that construction nearby is to blame because they shifted dirt around.....What happens when there's an earthquake??? Both LA and SF have seen sooooooo much new construction in terms of high rises and its been nearly 30 years since both have suffered major earthquakes. If shifting dirt is to blame for this towers lean, lets pray that other developers don't have the same mindset.

at this point I vote tear it down and start over. I feel bad for all those tricked into buying a condo there.
As a general rule of thumb, in San Francisco office towers are structural steel-framed with concrete elevator cores, of course, but residential buildings are nearly all reinforced concrete like the Millennium tower. I believe it's because the flexibility and swaying that's unavoidable in steel buildings during "minor" tremors would unnerve residents in buildings full of them.

The architects/engineers of the Millennium surely did some testing and concluded, wrongly as it has turned out, that "friction" piles that do not go all the way to bedrock would be adequate. I do remember watching when they poured the foundation pad and 2 things stood out: (1) The foundation/below grade work on the typical SF tower takes a LONG time--maybe 2 years is typical--and this one took nothing like that but (2) The foundation pad--not the piles but the slab--was exceptionally thick. So evidently they thought they could avaoid the time and expense of drilling to bedrock with those 2 features: Friction piles that do not go to bedrock and an unusually thick, heavy slab.
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Refund all purchases at current local market price, out of the developers pocket. If they dont have enough, go after the personal assets of those in charge, and any investors.

Then tear it down, also at the developers cost.
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Refund all purchases at current local market price, out of the developers pocket. If they dont have enough, go after the personal assets of those in charge, and any investors.

Then tear it down, also at the developers cost.
This is America ! the land of private profits - and socialized losses. The saps who bought, and the taxpayers, will foot the bills.
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This is America ! the land of private profits - and socialized losses. The saps who bought, and the taxpayers, will foot the bills.
"The saps who bought" include such as former VP Al Gore, former SF quaterback Joe Montana, Silicon Valley venture capital deity Tom Perkins and their like. Ain't nobody going to push them around.
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https://www.californiaconstructionne...san-francisco/

From the article: "A $100 million fix to the tilting Millennium Tower in San Francisco has cleared reviews and approvals and construction work is scheduled to start in November, published reports say."
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^^Yeah, in simplest terms they’re going to pour new piles to bedrock under the lowest corner of the building to stop it settling, then hope the highest corner keeps settling some correcting the tilt.
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