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Old March 23rd, 2005, 08:15 PM   #1
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Transbay Terminal: The Grand Central of the West | San Francisco

So has anyone heard of the plans to build a new building in SF? I heard it was going to be the tallest one yet, about the size of the empire state building. If you heard let me know, im very interested.
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Old March 23rd, 2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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empire state,haha
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Old March 23rd, 2005, 09:41 PM   #3
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Where did you hear these plans?
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Old March 23rd, 2005, 10:15 PM   #4
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I really doubt it will happen, it's never gonna happen in a earthquake country, it would be hard to imagine a 1,250 ft tall tower in SF near a fault line.

It's just rumours, remember that.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #5
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Yea I heard it through friends, but what about the buildings in Japan?? I mean they got even bigger earthquake problems then we do.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 12:20 AM   #6
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Yea I heard it through friends, but what about the buildings in Japan?? I mean they got even bigger earthquake problems then we do.
Those are the guys that build massive contra-weights in to their buildings

Unfortunately for you, the Americans don't feel comfortable with a 100-ton contra-weight swinging above their heads at 700-800 feet above ground
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Old March 24th, 2005, 12:40 AM   #7
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Maybe you're talking about the signature tower that we will be part of the new Transbay Terminal. They're talking about making it taller than the TransAmerica, maybe even over 1000ft (w/ a spire). The only tall building I'm hearing about now is 301 Mission, which is 650ft tall.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 12:41 AM   #8
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I dunno, the more and more technology advances the more and more the buildings will grow bigger on the fault. I have heard its safer to be in a high-rise during a quake than in a low building.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 01:06 AM   #9
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huh, too bad we cant use the weight system too. Oh well.


wait what is the Transbay Terminal?
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Old March 24th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #10
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wait what is the Transbay Terminal?
Can't believe you don't know what the Transbay Terminal is! It's that big ugly white building in San Francisco where buses go to. There's pictures of the proposed Tranbay Teminal Project and the Rincon Hill Project in the West Coast: Construction, Approved, Proposed thread. Check it out.

Here's a picture of the proposed Transbay Terminal. It has buses on top, and high speed train and Caltrain undergourd.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 03:05 AM   #11
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haha, yes I know I know, I dont live in SF and I dont have a car so I never know about all the buildings and what not. Anyways, that building will be taller than the transamerica building??

Confused....
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I think you misuderstood, look at the picture below. See the long building, that's the Transbay Terminal. The building I was talking about is the tall building right next to the terminal on Mission, you can see the spire that I was talking about in a previous post.



This might be the future San Francisco Skyline.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 05:57 AM   #13
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Wow, their planning on adding all that? How far into the future will that developement be in progress?
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Old March 24th, 2005, 06:03 AM   #14
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You won't see going up in the Transbay Terminal Project yet, because we have to approve to build a high speed rail system that will fund the terminal itself (California High-Speed Rail Authority), but the Rincon Hill Project starting to go up. You'll see some SF projects in thread: West Coast: Construction, Approved, Proposed.
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San Fran could easily get a supertall. It may be in earthquake country but there's no reason that that would stop construction except for cost. As it is, I understand it's already obscenely expensive to build in SF but if the demand is there its a sure thing eventually. Nobody who leases space in these buildings really cares about how it stands up to earthquakes, simply that it does. The cost is the problem but that's what demand is all about. If the demand is there, it will be built. Japan is, in fact, a perfect example.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #16
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Oh wow, thank you thats very interesting stuff.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 02:45 PM   #17
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am I correct that one of the trains in the drawing of the Transbay Terminal is a subway that will be Muni light rail, not BART, running in a tube from Chinatown to the terminal and than on ground through Portrero and heading down to the Stick?
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good news if its that tall. BEAT LA...lol..(by making a building about 2 ft taller than their tower)
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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:39 PM   #19
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Anyone know what's the status of the Transbay Terminal project? The last thing I heard about this project was that the city was possibly looking into using eminent domain on the Natoma tower so that the terminal could be built. Anyone know?
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am I correct that one of the trains in the drawing of the Transbay Terminal is a subway that will be Muni light rail, not BART, running in a tube from Chinatown to the terminal and than on ground through Portrero and heading down to the Stick?
I think you're talking about the Central Subway which wont be going to the Transbay Terminal.

The trains you're seeing underground is the high speed trains and Caltrains.
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