Friday, May 20, 2016

WSIP Update on Repairing and Upgrading Your Water Infrastructure!



It’s Infrastructure Week and here at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) we have been implementing the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), a $4.8 billion multi-year capital improvement program, to repair and upgrade our regional and local water system infrastructure to ensure the SFPUC can continue to supply reliable water to 2.6 million people in four Bay Area counties, especially after a major earthquake. 

Check out what the WSIP has been up to over the last year. 

Remember #infrastructurematters!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Regional Groundwater Project Celebrates One Year in Construction

In April 2015, the Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery project kicked off construction at the Linear Park site in South San Francisco. Only one year later, the project is more than 32 percent complete and overcoming construction challenges to reach the finish line.


Workers install steel rebar to prepare for the wall pours at the Linear Park well station in July 2015. On the right is the completed exterior of the Linear Park well station in March 2016.


In November 2015, the project started well drilling activities at the Treasure Island site in South San Francisco. The project completed drilling all wells apart of this contract in early 2016.


Construction crews finished installing new pipeline on South Spruce Avenue in South San Francisco in March 2016.

With these milestones successfully complete, the project team knows there is still a lot of work to be done before completion in October 2017.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday at the Pulgas Water Temple

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d share some old photos of the Pulgas Water Temple on the Peninsula from our archives. 






One of these temples was a fake constructed for the celebration of the first Hetch Hetchy waters reaching the San Francisco Peninsula in 1934. 

The other represents the real Pulgas Water Temple, which was finished about 5 years later. Do you know which one is which?  (Hint: the real temple does not have a roof).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SFPCU Construction Notice: Lane Closure Planned on S. Spruce Avenue between Huntington Avenue and Centennial Trail


Beginning as early as Monday, March 28, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC’s) Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project will begin installing a new pipeline along S. Spruce Avenue between Huntington Avenue and the Centennial Way Trail in South San Francisco. 
  • The SFPUC will install an eight inch diameter pipeline along S. Spruce Avenue.
  • During pipeline construction, one eastbound lane will remain open to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All eastbound lanes on S. Spruce Avenue will reopen at the end of each work day.
  • Flaggers will be at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and S. Spruce Avenue to guide traffic during construction.
  • During lane closures, access to businesses and homes will be maintained at all times.
  • Construction activities are anticipated to last for approximately two weeks. 
  • This Project will provide additional sources of water supply to our Peninsula customers in times of drought.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Construction Update: Lane Closure on Colma Boulevard Begins March 18

The SFPUC’s Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project is making great progress in the Peninsula! This week the project team began installing an eight-inch diameter pipeline along Colma Boulevard in the Town of Colma. Once the Project is complete, this pipeline will connect our regional water customers with a water supply that can be used during a drought or other emergency.

During pipeline construction, one lane on Colma Boulevard will be closed (just west of El Camino Real) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times.
  • Pipeline construction will begin as early as Friday, March 18 and will last approximately two weeks. 
  • Two construction message boards are posted on Colma Boulevard to notify traffic about upcoming lane closures.
  • The Project is sensitive to traffic during services along Colma Boulevard and will adjust operations, if needed
Above is an example of what pipeline installation work looks like on Colma Boulevard.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Time to Spring Forward!


It is starting to look a lot like spring on the Peninsula. One of our team members snapped this picture of some Golden Poppies from the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade project site in South San Francisco. In addition, it is time to spring forward with Daylight savings time starting this Sunday, March 13, 2016. Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour for more light in the evening and a later sunrise! Hello Spring!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Capturing Construction in Photos


To our construction teams, Robin is a familiar face who frequently visits the active construction sites to shoot some candid photos of construction and our hard workers. Little did we  know that Robin not only works to document the construction progress but she gains much deserved national recognition while she is at it. For the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), Robin’s photo of the New Irvington Tunnel Project made the Top Ten for the Engineering News Record (ENR) 2015 Year in Construction Photo Contest. This is a prestigious international construction photography competition, and we are extremely proud that Robin’s photo of our own tunnel was a winner!



About Robin
Robin Scheswohl moved to the Bay Area in 2003 from Philadelphia, PA where she studied photography and later worked with corporate and wedding photographers. She’s been with the SFPUC since 2007, working in the Construction Management Bureau and the Engineering Archives. She is responsible for cataloging and preserving thousands of historic images dating back to the 19th century, as well as documenting the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) construction projects. SFPUC Engineering Archives Photography has curated public exhibits at City Hall, at the San Francisco International Airport, and the SF American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters. The images are used extensively by the SFPUC and appear in books, periodicals, environmental and engineering studies.

Here is Robin filming at the Bay Tunnel, which is the first tunnel constructed under San Francisco Bay.  Congratulations, Robin!