When Dolby Laboratories (the brilliant company behind Dolby Sound that you see at movies and on consumer electronics) wanted to spruce up the 16-story older building that they purchased in the up and coming Mid-Market area of San Francisco (just two doors down from Twitter), they turned to Gensler Associates in San Francisco.
The building had a number of large terraces that were neglected and unused by the previous tenant. Gensler wanted to create usable, elegant space for Dolby. To keep the occupants away from the railings, they designed a series of planters that would border the perimeter. Additionally, on the top deck a series of window-washing davits needed to be hidden with matching covers. Gensler, and Dolby’s general contractor DPR Construction, turned to Tournesol Siteworks to work through the complicated installation.
It was an enormously complicated project. There was a significant amount of coordination that had to be done between Tournesol Siteworks’ project management team, Gensler, and DPR. Tournesol worked from the architect’s initial concepts to create products that could be manufactured off common tooling wherever possible. There were more than 200 custom planters required, each of which needed to be ready as the project was completed floor by floor. Scheduling and prioritization were critical. When the project ran behind and the floors began to be occupied, certain floors could only be installed on weekends.
A 30″w pad was poured at the edge of each deck to support the planters. The planters were sized precisely to fall at the railing mullions. The color of the pots was matched to the color of the mullion, and took 6 attempts to finally land on a color that all approved. 30″square concrete pavers on adjustable pedestals fell along the same lines to complete the look. “Inner” and “Outer” corner planters had an unusual shape to accommodate mechanical fixtures at each level.
Each Wilshire Collection style planter was fitted with our CWM Modular container irrigation system. The planters were installed without holes, with our DR drainage pump-out system. In San Francisco they don’t worry about rain and drainage in the Summer, and with recent conditions, they might not need to in the winters either!
On a massive project like this, it was inevitable that a few complications arose. An initial drawing by the architect had a length transposed, which wasn’t caught by the installing sub-contractor during field verification. The already completed units were returned to Tournesol’s facility, and adjusted their sizes to fit – then changed the tool for the other similar units (no mean feat based upon the critical schedule). There were also some pots that were scratched during installation, which required some touch up after everything was done – not bad for over 200 containers! Find out how Tournesol Siteworks’ project management team can help you with your next challenge!