For China Basin 7/13/09 audience:
7/16/09: Well this is the closest thing to a blog I've ever done...
Regarding what is under the China Basin buildings, I've heard from Mark Zuffo, the Director of Leasing & Property Management for the complex, that "because the building is a leased facility, it had to receive a UC seismic rating of at least 'Fair' before being occupied. BTW, The garage was constructed in 2002." The building sat on dirt before then; they hollowed out the area below the building to put in the garage and rebuilt the entire foundation while they were at it.
7/20/09: I've heard from Mike Freeman at McCarthy Cook & Company. He has a lot of very useful information that should put China Basin employees at ease, which I have reprinted here:
"With regard to China Basin, the structural systems and foundations in
The Berry St Building is an amazing story and can be considered in the
Both buildings have been built on piles that reach through the bay mud layer to solid base soil. The wharfside building was built in 1922 and the Berry Bldg was built in 1991 with the two-level Addition completed in 2008."