181 Fremont Tour

November 15, 2017
Written by: Christina Rain, P.E., Project Manager, Langan

In October 2017, CREW’s San Francisco Chapter’s Rising Leaders Committee was invited to a once in a lifetime tour of 181 Fremont, a new skyscraper under construction in San Francisco’s South of Market District. Our tour was led by Kelly DeWees, Senior Construction Manager for Jay Paul Company, the developer of 181 Fremont.

Our first stop was the full-floor grand penthouse approximately 700 feet above Fremont Street, which was still open air when we visited! We were met with a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge and Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands. Around the corner, my favorite view yet was of downtown San Francisco – the tops of other skyscrapers appeared well below our perch with water views beyond. Because the penthouse was still under construction, we also visited one of the residences closer to completion, where we were provided a sneak peak of the high end finishes planned for the building.

Our group is pictured above on the open air terrace of the 37th floor, which will accommodate resident amenities. Nate Warner with ARUP’s Structural Group also discussed the steel structure as we toured the building. Inside, he showed our group the viscous dampers incorporated into the steel mega-braces that lend to the building’s Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative Gold Rating and function to make the building resilient against a 475-year earthquake, the “big one” so to speak.

After the tour, the group enjoyed cocktails and light bites while networking at 83 Proof’s cozy upstairs lounge. Overall, the tour provided a great overview of one of the hottest properties being developed in San Francisco.