Back Home Again

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been home from South America for two and a half months now. On one hand it feels like only weeks ago we were walking around in Machu Picchu, on the other hand it seems like ancient history from a past life.

Bonnie and I both feel content with our 3 months spent exploring the southern continent. It was enough time to feel really immersed in the culture, yet not too long where we started to get overly disillusioned about the traveling life. We had initially thought we might spend a month or so living in one place, though no place jumped out at us as a place we longed to linger longer than a couple weeks. I think there are a lot of places that would be amazing to live in for a long period, but its hard to not want to experience variety when we had only 3 months scheduled. I’d go back to immerse in the culture of Bolivia if I had to choose one country right now.

Comparing experiences with our time living in Europe or the US, we found South America to lack the creature comforts we’ve grown accustomed to. Yet, that was part of the charm of South America, it isn’t for the softies. The next place we’d like to visit is New Zealand or Hawaii, one of which will likely be our honeymoon destination.

Our first 2 weeks back home we spent time reconnecting with family and friends, and sharing our travel stories. I initially was going to wait a couple months to start looking for a job and enjoy some more side trips around California (maybe even work at a dude ranch again somewhere in the Rockies. Our exhausted travel funds dictated that we limit our trips to our family cabins nearby, and made me feel it more necessary to start the job hunt. A job posting for a job with Webcor as a PM on the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco was appealing so I decided to pursue it.

At first, my pursuit of the Webcor job went unrequited. It was hard work to get responses for the first month of my job search, and I was feeling a bit disappointed, thinking I might have to settle for whatever job I could get. I had my last day at my last job with Bloom Energy at the end of June 2012, so was a bit worried I might have a hard time convincing an employer to hire a slacker who took off a year from work in his 30s. In mid-June things turned around quickly and I was lucky to have 5 different offers to consider. I was even able to get connected to Webcor through an old college friend, and had my first day on the job on July1st, exactly one year from the end of my last job.

One day later on July 2nd, Bonnie had secured a new job teaching 4th grade at an elementary school in San Ramon. It all worked out so perfectly. Bonnie landed the perfect job for her with a great staff in a good school district, and I was able to get involved in one of the largest most important development projects in San Francisco history. We are both very excited.

I thought I’d share some renderings of the new project I’m working on in downtown SF, the Transbay Transit Center designed by renowned architecture firm Pelli Clark Pelli. It is a new transportation hub with some gorgeous architecture that is destined to remake the face of San Francisco, especially South of Market where most new development is occurring. It will serve as the terminus of the new High Speed Rail from San Diego to San Francisco, as well as Caltrain, and bus services to near and far around the Bay Area and California. It orients San Francisco towards the multi-modal transportation network infrastructure of the future. I actually take Bart into work everyday, and it is quite convenient. The property market around the new Transit Center is red hot, with all kinds of new projects rising around the area. Most dramatically a new office tower adjacent to the Transbay Center that will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi, remaking the SF skyline.

Here are the renderings below.

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High Speed Rail is expected to be running between SF and LA around 2020

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This light column is the centerpiece of the Grand Hall of the Transit Center

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A street view from on end of the 4 block long building

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2 existing streets will travel under the future building

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There will be a furnicular to the rooftop park from the plaza at the Transbay Tower

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The park adds green space in the heart of downtown, and a bus ramp connects directly to the Bay Bridge

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Local artists have contributed to the design, including this colorful terrazzo floor

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The Transbay Tower will have 61 floors at 1070′ tall, 300′ taller than the Transamerica Tower the current tallest building in SF

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Check it out more at http://transbaycenter.org/

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