Oakland Global Newsletter – February 2015

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  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 1, 2015
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Monthly Updates on the Oakland Global Trade & Logistics Center Project


Oakland Global News, February 2015
Dear Reader,


Oakland Global News is a monthly newsletter for readers interested in staying current as the Oakland Global Trade & Logistics Center (former Oakland Army Base) project evolves. We hope you enjoy our February update.

Light Concrete Replaces Heavy Dirt
Lightweight concrete being poured at the project site


The Oakland Global project has a secret weapon in battling settling bay fill soil that could threaten to bend and break newly-constructed utilities and buildings: Lightweight concrete.


The special concrete weighs less than water, but has the compressive strength of standard concrete. The project is using the unique material in areas where the project’s construction schedule does not allow time for the water-soaked land to compress and settle on its own time frame.


Some context is necessary:  Due to its waterfront location, much of the Oakland Global project is being constructed on top of young bay mud, which naturally compresses each year at a very slow rate. That presents an interesting challenge for the project: If it builds new structures on top of settling soil and places utilities into the soil, the long term settlement could crack and twist the new construction, dramatically shortening its life span.


The solution to the settlement for most of the project site is to pile dirt on top of the mud before construction begins and compress it faster by “wicking” the water out of it with vertical drains, shortening the compression time, which would otherwise take up to 50 years.


But even with wicking, the compression takes about a year. That duration is too long for constructing things like utilities and roads that must be up and functioning before the rest of the project can move forward.


The solution has been to use lightweight concrete on top of utility systems such as storm drains that must be completed before buildings are erected. The concrete replaces settling soil and therefore takes the settling weight off the utilities, preserving them for the long term.


In very basic terms, the lightweight material used on the Oakland Global project is standard concrete mixed with air. Other types of lightweight concrete are created with lighter aggregates that have been fired in a kiln, giving them a porous structure similar to volcanic rock.

Oakland Global Welcomes Landreth

On February 20, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the appointment of Sabrina Landreth to the post of City

Sabrina Landreth

Administrator, a role that is central to a functional City Hall and critical to the Oakland Global project, which is a partnership between the city and developers.


Landreth, 39, is the current Emeryville City Manager after serving in Oakland government for many years, most recently as Deputy City Administrator. She is scheduled to start July 1 or as soon as Emeryville hires a new city manager, whichever comes first.


Landreth handled difficult Oakland budget issues in the wake of the 2008 housing market crash and recession and Schaaf credits her with leading a subsequent budget overhaul , including a structured monitoring and forecasting of city revenues and expenditures.


Landreth will have her hands full again, not doubt. A recent municipal report shows that the city faces a $30 million shortfall in its operating budget, which is expected to exceed $500 million and must be finalized in June.


The Oakland Global project works directly with the City Administrator’s office as part of a 2012 development agreement signed by the city and developers California Capital & Investment Group (CCIG) and Prologis to develop the former Oakland Army Base.


An expected long term city administrator is a welcome relief for the project, given that the city’s top management office had rampant turnover under former Mayor Jean Quan.


During the past two years, the Oakland Global development team has worked with four city administrators, two of whom were hired as interims. Landreth will be the seventh Oakland City Administrator hired since 2008, when the city selected CCIG as the master developer for the 150-acre, former Army Base property.


The project broke ground in November 1, 2013 on a 48-month infrastructure phase, including replacing outdated utilities and roads, adding rail lines and preparing the property for modern warehouses that will expedite the movement of goods and materials throughout Northern California. The new warehouses and other logistics facilities will follow the completion of the infrastructure phase.


“It is great news that we’ll have some stability in the City Administrator’s Office,” said CCIG CEO Phil Tagami. “It’s good for the project and it’s good for the city.”


Oakland Global News did not hear back from Landreth. She told the E’ville Eye online publication in 2013 that she is a fifth-generation resident of the East Bay and lives in Oakland with her husband and two kids.

Job Center Works Hard

The West Oakland Job Resource Center is hard at work in its efforts to place Oaklanders in solid jobs and continues to provide job training workshops in a range of industries, according to a recent report provided by the center’s Program Director Julina Bonilla.


As an example, on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the center, Green Energy Training Services (GETS) presented information for individuals interested in careers in energy efficiency, solar power and construction. Participants in GETS programs work in classroom, lab and field settings. Their curriculum includes information about energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, job-site safety practices and basic construction skills.


The Job Center developed out of community meetings related the Oakland Global project and is incorporated into the project’s binding jobs policies. The center is a collaborative effort between the City of Oakland, employers, unions, community organizations and developers. It offers career counseling, referrals to training and employment, and assistance with apprenticeship test preparation.


In addition to sponsoring workshops, the Job Resource Center staff reaches out to local builders with upcoming construction projects. Recently the center’s staff met with representatives from the Brooklyn Basin housing development to discuss the role of the center in supporting local hire requirements on the project.


The Job Resource Center’s reporting data, which covers the period from March 2013, when the center opened, through December 2014, shows that 756 individuals attended orientations. Out of that number, 377 were screened for work history and interests and directed to social services, apprenticeship programs or employment.


The center is open Monday-Friday, 9a.m. – 5 p.m., West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline Street, 2nd Floor. It can be accessed by the AC Transit NL and 26 lines. Job seekers can pre-register to attend orientations by calling: 510-419-0509.

Army Base Photography 

As a recurring feature, the Oakland Global News presents photography from the Army Base.The photos below are by Dan Nourse.


Storm water catch basin



Storm water catch basin during storm and in black & white


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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Oakland Global Trade & Logistics Center development. I believe that the Oakland Global Newsletter will prove to be a useful tool for staying informed and current on this important project going forward.
Phil Tagami