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Old Posted Mar 5, 2007, 3:17 PM
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For crane operator, job's an adrenaline lift
"It's like playing a giant video game with the joysticks"
Monday, March 05, 2007
TED SICKINGER
It took time, but J.J. Sisson eventually worked his way all the way up the ladder at Hoffman Construction Co. At present, that's a 325-foot daily climb to his perch operating the tallest tower crane at Portland's South Waterfront.

It's not for the fainthearted.

There's the daily climb -- rain, sleet or shine. Once he arrives at the office, he's alone, all day, in a noisy cab that can be frigidly cold or baking hot, depending on the season, and sways like a carnival ride in heavy weather.
"It can get scary," Sisson said. "When the wind gets up to 60, I want to be on the ground."

Usually, anything more than 35 mph gusts put Sisson into "weathervane mode," swinging with the wind. Even in the calmest conditions, it's exacting, high-stress work.

High-rise construction is crane dependent. Whether he's "flying" cement, rebar, girders or 6,000-pound wall panels, he has to be smooth and efficient. Hand-eye coordination is a prerequisite, though Sisson is often operating blind, relying on his deft touch at the controls and radioed instructions from the ground. When the schedule is tight, days can stretch from well before dawn until after dark.

"Once you get good at it, it's like playing a giant video game with the joysticks," Sisson said. But "when you got all these guys moving right under your hook, there's no room for mistakes."

Accidents do happen -- in November, a 210-foot tall construction crane toppled over in Bellevue -- so Sisson spends plenty of time inspecting his rig.

"I'm the one who has to ride it down," he said, "and I don't want to do that."

An Oklahoma native, Sisson worked as a roughneck on an oil rig in Oklahoma from the age of 16 before moving offshore at 21. When oil patch jobs dried up in the late '80s, he moved to a shipyard in Portland.

After jumping to Hoffman Construction in 1996, he started out on the ground level as a carpenter, then worked his way though a succession of jobs operating forklifts, elevators and boom trucks. After bugging his bosses, networking with the crane operators, and getting the necessary training and certification, he finally got his shot to operate the big rig.

His wife and friends sometimes think he's nuts. But he loves the work.

"I get bored easily," Sisson said. "I've always had intense jobs. I need something that's got adrenaline to it."

Ted Sickinger: 503-221-8505; tedsickinger@news.oregonian.com
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2007, 6:53 PM
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Prometheus on the South Waterfront

Yesterday I was informed by a forumer that Block 46 is not Prometheus's first project, in fact Prometheus doesn't even own 46. It was owned by Homer but it might be the one BrG is talking about being revised, I guess we will find out...

Anyway, I was curious as to what Prometheus was doing so I e-mail them and asked. They actually responded within 24 hours...here you go...

Mark:
Your e-mail address was forwarded to me by the Prometheus corporate offices in the Bay Area. I'm the project manager for their properties in the South Waterfront.
To date, we have nothing under construction. Block 41 is on hold. The project still needs to go thru design review and we do not have any immediate plans for starting construction on Block 41. We have begun schematic design on Blocks 42 and 45a.
So, the long and the short of it is that we have nothing under construction currently. The earliest date when we would start construction would be in the summer of 2008 with a late 2010 completion date.
If you have any other questions, please e-mail me or call my office at 503-281-1911.

Ellen Brown
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Prometheus Real Estate Group
cell: 503-961-3000
ellenbrown@stpaultel.com
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How disappointing!
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2007, 7:24 PM
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^eh, not really, if they begin their first building in summer 2008, it will be around the same time the Mirabella rises and a few months before 3720 is finished.
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The updated site plan for SoWa from the WDDcorp.com site

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Old Posted Mar 31, 2007, 2:19 AM
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Tomorrow or Sunday I will be able to post an image of Block 41...stay tuned!
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A rendering? Sweeeeet....
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Old Posted Apr 1, 2007, 3:42 AM
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as promised...

I'll try and get a better upload later this week...
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^and before anyone trashes it. The conceptual image to the left, that was bleached out in the scan, actually looks quite good with the other towers.
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thats no pointee...
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Not too bad, is that a 250'?
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I like it although I would rather see whats happening with block 37 that initial render for 37 looked really interesting
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Looks interesting so far. Could be taller or skinnier, but I'll reserve my final judgement for when Mark gets a better scan up. Context is likely key here. Besides, the bulky buildings gotta go somewhere, and no better place than SOWA, as they've pretty much demolished the NIMBY opposition around it.
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These are old, but just didn't want this thread to die...




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damn, I forgot about the scan. I haven't gotten a chance to try and make a better conversion of the PDF to post here. If anyone want's to PM me with their e-mail, I can send you the PDF and let you dink around with it and post a better image.
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^aaahaaa...Thanks!
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thanks for posting that it looks nice i count 25 floors
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Is this the one they expect to start construction on in Summer of 08?
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