Posts Tagged ‘alcoa’

The Toughest Job in Town: Window Washing the Alcoa Building Through Its Unusual Exoskeleton

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

See what I mean?

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They must use extension sticks or something.

 

Know Your Black Aluminum Skyscrapers of the Bay Area: One Maritime Plaza, aka the Alcoa Building

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Well, here it is, or what you can see these days, after the Alcoa Building got surrounded by Embarcadero Center.

Nevertheless, it remains:

One of earliest examples of expressed seismic bracing using external trusses and X-braces.

See?

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But check out how she looked back in the Mad Men era, back in the 1960s.

Anyway, it sure looks strong – I’m sure it will ride out the next Big One with aplomb.

Bon Courage, 1 Maritime Plaza!

San Francisco’s Alcoa Building Rolls a Ten the Hard Way: Aluminum + Plywood = ?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The north side of our Alcoa Building now has four symmetrical plywood inserts where windows should be.

The two shown here look like a pair dice showing fives, a hard ten, if you will. Appears as if something vents through them for some purpose. (I fear the worst.)

Let’s hope the aluminum facade regains its proper dignity soon.

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