PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Wastewater Treatment Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


CA Agency Barges in on Google Project

Friday, February 7, 2014

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

Google may be Googling a new location for its “mystery barge,” after the high-profile construction project in the heart of San Francisco Bay was found to lack appropriate permits.

"It needs to move," Larry Goldzband, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, told the Associated Press this week.

The 260-foot-long, 72-foot-wide, steel-hulled mystery passenger barge, bearing a four-story superstructure made of shipping containers, appeared at the environmentally sensitive Treasure Island site in October, inciting weeks of buzz that Google did nothing to quell.

By and Large LLC
By and Large LLC

Google's planned "interactive space" on the Bay has run into permit problems.

Google actually had two barges in the Bay (but only one with a superstructure), one in Portland, Maine; and one in New London, CT.

Floating in Secrecy

Finally, in November, Google explained coyly that it was "exploring using the [San Francisco Bay] barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” Other accounts have speculated that the structure would be a traveling luxury showroom.

CBS in San Francisco reported in November that Google was "managing to conceal" the project's purpose "by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory."

If that was the case, however, it didn't work.

The continuing construction prompted objections from the public and environmentalists and concerns from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency that launched an enforcement investigation.

No Permits

The finding was unequivocal, Goldzband said.

Treasure Island
Treasure Island Development Authority

The director of the Treasure Island Development Authority said the agency was trying to correct the application issue.

Investigators found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the required permits for work to be done at the Bay site, he added. The commission must issue a permit for any permanent structure on the Bay.

The authorities could face fines and enforcement proceedings if Google doesn’t move the project to a fully permitted construction area in the San Francisco Bay, reports said.

Construction on the project has been put on hold until the end of winter, Goldzband said. Moving the barge to a lawful permitted area before taking up the project again is key, he said.

The state of California discourages permanent floating structures on the Bay, unless they have a clear maritime purpose.

Reviews Underway

Google Inc. told reporters that it was reviewing a letter from Goldzband.

Meanwhile, the director of the Treasure Island Development Authority said the agency was trying to correct the application issue.

“We did not intend to violate or circumvent the process,” Mirian Saez told the Associated Press.

This might not be the last of the permit problems for Google, reports said. Should the project be completed, it will need more permits to be moored or docked.

   

Tagged categories: Building design; Building operations; Enforcement; Regulations; Shipyards

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the
system that best fits
your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


Chicago Corrosion Group

Rust Buddy Solidifier

Stops Rust With A Brushstroke.
No Surface Prep Required.


PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Ethox Chemicals LLC
Ethoflex® ER instantly upgrades your epoxy!

The only epoxy additive that improves flexibility, corrosion resistance, toughness, and adhesion, without hurting pot life, cure time, or increasing VOCs.


Waterjet Technology Association (WJTA)
Automation brings new degree of safety

See new advances in automated/handheld waterjet tools for safe & productive surface prep/anti-corrosion applications at the WJTA-IMCA Conf/Expo, Nov. 2-4, 2015


Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox - One Step
Lead Abatement

Don't waste money on added labor steps with other methods. Don't mix, meter or apply at the job-site. Avoid strict hazardous waste rules.
Let your painters paint


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


Advanced Recycling Systems
ADVANCED RECYCLING SYSTEMS (ARS)

Recycling Machines, Dust Collectors, Rapid Deployment units are time-tested and approved for the rugged industrial environment. Contact ARS today!
(330)536-8210


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com