The 59-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco was built on a floating pile foundation. Rather than sitting on bedrock, floating piles are supported by the gripping action of friction with the surrounding mud and sand, and some settling is anticipated. In the case of the Millennium Tower, the ground has been unable to adequately support the weight of the tower.
During design of the building, it was projected that the maximum vertical settling of the Millennium Tower would be 5.5 inches (or 15 centimeters) over 20 years from its completion in 2009. In fact, by 2018 the building had sunk by 18 inches (or 46 centimeters) with a lean of 14 inches (or 35.5 centimeters) to the northwest.
The issue is the subject of several legal disputes, with the developer alleging that construction of the neighboring Transbay Transit Center caused the settling, countered by an assertion that the building had already sunk beyond design projections before construction commenced on the Transit Center.
A fix involves underpinning the structure with additional piles along the tower’s north and west sides driven down to the bedrock below. It is expected that this will stabilize the building and substantially correct the tilt over a ten-year period.
The Megabus stop for all arrivals and departures in San Francisco is on Townsend Street eastbound, at the corner of 5th Street, opposite the UserTesting building.
The bus stop is one block west of the San Francisco Caltrain station.
Most towed vehicles in San Francisco go to the City and County of San Francisco Impound on 7th Street, between Harrison Street and Bryant Street, which is open 24 hours a day.
The facility is operated by the City’s contractor, Auto Return, and confirmation that a vehicle is there can be made online at autoreturn.com or by calling 415-865-8200.
To release your towed vehicle you must appear in person at the impound and pay all fees. To claim a vehicle towed by order of the San Francisco Police Department, you must first obtain a release form by taking your driver’s license and proof of ownership to a police station.
McCovey Cove is named in honor of former San Francisco Giants baseball player Willie McCovey.
The body of water in San Francisco Bay is officially called China Basin, but the section alongside Oracle Park, the Giants’ ballpark, that lies outside right field is widely known as McCovey Cove. Credit for suggesting the name originally is given to sportswriters Mark Purdy and Leonard Koppett.
Splash hits are recorded when Giants players hit home runs that land in the Cove on the fly and an electronic counter on the right field wall keeps a tally of the total since the ballpark opened in 2000. Barry Bonds was the first to hit a home run that landed in the water on May 1st, 2000.
The Caltrain commuter rail line terminates in San Francisco at 4th and King Street Caltrain Station where there are connections to Muni bus lines, E Embarcadero historic streetcar and Muni light rail services.