A while ago I did core work (fire alarm, electrical closets) for this nondescript, gutted building in the SOMA district of San Francisco. It was interesting to see the bare skeleton of this structure take form as lifelike body-systems of power were installed to engage the life-sustaining (mechanical air-circulation, more complex than I had theretofore imagined) and project-specific facilities.
Almost one year later, I returned for finish work (light fixtures, switches) to the very same structure. I was amazed to see how the work that was done previously set the stage for the next crew of actors to perform their prescribed lines of work.
Transforming a lifeless shell of concrete and glass into an energized, beating hub ready for occupancy is a humbling experience, but it underscores the workman’s mantra:
Leave it good for the next guy. Because someday, the next guy might be you.