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September 2018  |  San Francisco, CA
San Francisco's Pier 70

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Massive historic steel replica windows were used to breathe new life into several buildings at San Francisco's historic Pier 70, one of the largest shipyards west of the Mississippi River. After years of disuse and deterioration, Pier 70 has undergone a massive renovation making its unique buildings beautiful, strong and viable for the next 100 years.

With its scenic waterfront location, Pier 70's developer, Orton Development, Inc., (ODI) saw a way to save fragile historic buildings while creating new jobs and public amenities.

Built in 1916-17 for the WWI effort, Buildings 115 and 116 were used to fabricate components for a ship's mechanical and propulsion systems. The buildings were constructed of cast-in-place concrete with plenty of mullioned windows supplying natural light. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects were tasked with replicating the look of the original over-sized windows, which featured very thin, wooden sightlines, with Winco's help.


Winco West did the initial design work, collaborating with the architect, glazier and developer for six months to ensure every detail was perfect. At Winco's St. Louis headquarters, engineers created numerous new dies to ensure the new replica windows matched the historic profiles of the originals windows.

Maz Glass, the Oakland-based installers, had to rebuild the window openings. The steel channels were rusted through and significant concrete repair work was necessary to support the huge windows.

Winco provided more than 48,000 square feet of its Series 3250 Steel Replica windows fitted with ¼" monolithic tempered clear glass. In addition to stunning aesthetics, the windows can withstand 110 mph winds as well as seismic activity.

Today, one of the main tenants is Uber Advanced Technologies Group, who now use the light filled space to reimagine transportation of the future.


Project Team Pier 70 Building 115 and 116, San Francisco, CA:
Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, Berkeley, CA
General Contractor & Owner: Orton Development, Inc., Emeryville, CA
Glazing Contractor: Maz Glass, Oakland, CA
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef Associates,, San Francisco, CA
Leasing Agent: Cushman Wakefield, San Francisco, CA
Window Manufacturer: Winco Windows, St. Louis, MO
Winco Window Sales: Gantt W. Miller IV, LEED AP BD+C
Window Products Used: Winco Series 3250 Steel Replica
Glass Configuration: ¼” Monolithic Tempered Clear Glass

PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Hustace



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