Homeowners on Jan. 6 added another lawsuit to the list pending against Millennium Partners, developer of the 645-ft-tall Millennium Tower, located in San Francisco’s South-of-Market district. The suit alleges that, as early as 2009, the developers knew the $350-million condo building was sinking faster than expected.
At the same time, Jerry Dodson, a Tower resident and attorney, took similar action against the city of San Francisco and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which the developer blames for disturbing the soil while dewatering and digging the foundation for the adjacent Transbay Transit Center. The suit follows one by the city against the developer in November, alleging nondisclosure.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.