Construction is progressing and the vision for South Park is coming to life. For months the site looked messy due to all the subsurface work and now the distinguishing site features, like concrete seat walls that swirls through the park, are taking shape. How exciting!
So what happened in the past few months?
March to April, many unexpected site conditions surfaced and the team convened to address the unforeseen conditions and modify the design. The bursts of much needed rain caused excavation and soil compaction challenges, SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) added slight modifications to drainage details further reducing the storm water entering the sewer system.
May to June, the contractor trenched, installed subsurface utilities, built form-work and poured the concrete seat walls/foundations only on the west side of the park due to newest couple to the neighborhood, two nesting cooper’s hawks, taking residence on the east side of the park. Our biologist, who monitors regularly to ensure their safety and direct the construction crew, reported that new chicks have hatched and take about a month to fledged.
In July and August expect to see some of the extra soil generated from the excavation removed from site providing a clear view into the park. Then construction crew will excavate, form the remaining concrete walls on the east side of the park once the chicks move on.
It’s going to be an exciting summer!