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San Francisco Chronicle

July 13, 2023

There’s a new high-rise in the middle of the S.F. bay. It’s all housing

By J.K. Dineen

The first high-rise to be built on Treasure Island was “topped off” Tuesday, the steel beam hoisted to the roof of the 22-story tower after a ceremony of barbecue brisket and a power-tool raffle for about 180 workers.

Last July 12, the first piles were driven for Tidal House, the 250-apartment rental building that is the tallest and most ambitious of the four residential structures currently under construction on the island, where about 1,000 units are either being built or recently completed.

“A year ago we were out here, and it was nothing but dust,” said Linsey Perlov, a project manager with master developer Wilson Meany. “There were no roads when we started driving piles,” she said.

Most of the 180 construction workers on Tidal House are veterans of San Francisco construction, ironworkers and electricians and plumbers who have built condo towers in SoMa and office buildings in the Financial District.

But building a 240-foot high-rise on a 403-acre manmade island in the middle of the bay is something novel — especially at a time when construction has slowed down and some 1,200 of the city’s union construction workers are out of work.

Everyone here is happy to be here,” said Alex Monaghan, construction manager on the job, before referencing various working conditions. “Fifty mile-per-hour wind and sideways rain, and the people out here 200 feet up are smiling and taking selfies.”

About 700 construction workers have been on the Tidal House job at various points over the last year, and hundreds more are working away on the 138-affordable-unit Star View Court, the 178-unit Hawkins apartment complex and the 148-unit condo development Portico. All of them are slated to open in the next 18 months. In total, the island will have 8,000 housing units, 300 acres of parks, 300,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and a 500-room hotel.