Millennium Tower in San Francisco: Top 10 Facts

Catherine Rowell
- Top 10 - Dec 02, 2016

Since the summer, the Millennium Tower in San Francisco has remained in the news due to its faulty construction works, leading the tower to gradually sink, leaving many homeowners increasingly concerned.

Originally completed back in 2008 at a total cost of $350 million, we take a look at the top 10 facts surrounding the iconic build, home to the likes of Hunter Pence and Joe Montana.

1.  The building was designed by Handel Architects and constructed by Webcor Builders and has become the tallest building in San Francisco.

2. Incorporating 58 storeys, the residential building has now sunk 16 inches since its completion, with no signs of stopping, with a six-inch lean at the top.

3. There is also uncertainty as to how this is going to be rectified, with Millennium Tower Officials and Transbay Officials publicly placing responsibility on the other

4. Since the news broke and no solution has been found, concerned residents have filed several lawsuits against the developers and further involved companies in order to bring the matter forward

5. The build is solely concrete based, rather than adding a structural steel frame, which would have helped cement the building’s position

6. The tower’s piles were also not attached to bedrock, and is only placed around 90ft below, allowing the building to sink into soft ground

7. The multi-million pound apartments sold out almost immediately upon their release, at which the building also encompasses health and fitness facilities, spa and restaurant amenities.

8. Cracks are now visible within the base of the building, but also on nearby pavements, where cracks are currently held together via stress gauges.

9. Chris Jeffries from Millennium Partners has publicly laid responsibility on the nearby newly developed city rail terminal, where construction workers had to dig 60ft underground, thereby impacting on the structural foundations of the tower. This; however, has been refuted.

10. Prior to the news of the tower’s current predicament, the construction had won several architectural and engineering awards, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Structural Engineering Project, amongst others.

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