One could argue that the genesis of the push for marriage equality in California began in spring of 2004 when then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the City to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, Britney Spears’ “Toxic” topped the charts, and at the box office, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 became the biggest grossing documentary in history. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years.
At AND, we completed work on a milestone $8.5 million renovation of Alexander Residence, a historic 179-unit, 12-story single-room occupancy (SRO) hotel in the Tenderloin. AND was hired to update the 1920s-era hotel for client Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. with construction by San Francisco industry pioneer Cahill Contractors, Inc.
The restoration consisted of hazardous materials abatement, new storefront entry, a new multipurpose room and kitchenette, improvements to the lobby and commercial spaces, laundry room, social services offices, conversion of 18 units to full ADA-disabled access compliance and new accessible restrooms in the common areas. Other building system upgrades included new electrical power and distribution, an on-site underground transformer, code-compliant fire sprinklers and fire alarm, ventilation, new heating, boiler and residential hot water storage tanks, windows and finishes.
The Alexander was occupied during the course of the renovation which required phasing of the work and installation of a construction lift to separate the daily flow of residents from construction activities. AND’s community process included extensive meetings with residents and staff to gather input on the design of the lobby and community spaces, and to keep all informed on the impacts and changes resulting from the renovation.