Re "$4 million in repairs afoot at Board of Equalization HQ" (The Buzz, Jan. 28): As a recently retired 29-year career facilities and construction manager at UC Davis, the article about $4 million needed to repair window systems in a 22-year-old commercial building strikes me as very strange. Window systems in a commercial building like this should have a life expectancy of at least 50 to 60 years.
The article also refers to $65 million of previous repairs to faulty elevators, toxic mold, leaky windows and burst or corroded pipes in this building. I hope the state Department of General Services folks have engaged the contractor who built this building in discussions to help cover these costs. Somehow a sub-standard building was built for the state, but it seems like taxpayers are footing the full bill for repairs. Who is responsible for this mess?
-- Clyde William Froehlich, Davis