In downtown San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Financial District, a public park affords visitors an uncommon rooftop view of Sky Climber permanent installation equipment.
The “boutique” office building at 500 Pine Street sits at the bottom of a hill with a sidewalk that slopes up 4 stories as you walk westward to Quincy Street. At that point visitors are greeted by the entrance to St. Mary’s Square, a quaint park at roof level with 500 Pine St.
After its completion, the new rooftop terrace at 500 Pine was connected to St. Mary’s Square. This square and public plaza was designed in 1957 over a partially-underground parking deck that adjoins 500 Pine Street. The extension of the park onto the roof of the new building allows visitors to walk to the roof edge for great views of San Francisco.
Lining this terrace and upper roof sections are a series of davit bases that Sky Climber provided to support window washing rigs. The terrace section itself features recessed davit bases, hidden with a discreet cover plate when not in use. In preparation for window cleaning, cover plates are removed and wheeled socket bases are attached to the bases. Then Sky Climber davits can be attached and rotated for use with suspended access platforms. The davits themselves break down into mast and boom sections, each with a set of wheels for easy transport.
Sky Climber provided another set of davit bases for a separate section of roof at this location. These davit bases are exposed and support window washing equipment with an additional set of sockets and davits.