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McMillian Data Communications Wires New Transbay Block 8 Tower in San Francisco

Sep 10, 2018

Original story from Sept. 5 edition of The Voice; Photos by: SCP DIGITAL

NECA Member McMillan Data Communications along with technicians from the IBEW Local 6 are wiring the Avery, a new mixed use building in San Francisco's Transbay Block 8 complex.

PHOTO BY SCP DIGITAL PHOTO BY SCP DIGITALScreenshot 2018-09-10 09.25.48McMillan Data Communications began working on The Avery in December 2017 completion is scheduled for the spring of 2019. Transbay Block 8 also includes two mid-rise podium style buildings. The ground floor of the tower will feature 17,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood retail space over a three-level subterranean parking structure. The retail space is set around an open public paseo meandering through the site.

Transbay Block 8 is part of the 40-acre Transbay Redevelopment Project located south of San Francisco’s Financial District. It is populated by a number of buildings that will help to meet the City’s housing demand, as well as its need for additional office and retail space. It is slated to include more than 4,400 homes and 6 million sq. ft. of commercial space. The Transbay Redevelopment Project features the Transbay Transit Center, which will be surrounded by residences, offices, retail and parks, and will create a mixed-use, mixed income community in the ‘new heart of the City.’ The project is administered by the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) in San Francisco.

Bob Utler, project manager for McMillan Data Communications, said the biggest challenge for the project was getting large deliveries of materials to the site, as the area is very congested and there is no staging area available. “Sometimes drivers have to circle the block three or four times before they can let one truck in and the other truck out,” he said. Utler added that the cabling for The Avery is future proofed through the installation of a micro duct (empty conduit) for service providers, so that they can upgrade fiber later if needed. The Avery was designed by Rem Koolhaas’ Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA-NY), partnering with the San Francisco architecture firm of Fougeron Architecture, who designed the lower podium buildings of the development. 

McMillan Data Communications
is headquartered in San Francisco and provides a wide range of electrical services including electrical, data communications, security systems and audio visual integration.