The State Worker

Top-to-bottom repairs scheduled for soggy Sacramento BOE tower

Scaffolding on the top level of Board of Equalization’s parking garage protects employees entering and leaving the building’s elevator from potential falling glass.
Scaffolding on the top level of Board of Equalization’s parking garage protects employees entering and leaving the building’s elevator from potential falling glass. Sacramento Bee

Another weekend, another work crew at the Board of Equalization’s 24-story headquarters.

This time they will attack damage from from rain water that leaked into the building over the winter. The work will run each Friday after business hours through Sunday over the next three or four weekends, depending on the extent of damage found.

First up, according to an internal memo to employees this week: Inspection and repairs in a room on the ground floor and replacement of a 6-square-inch piece of fire-proofing material on the 24th floor.

Subsequent repairs involve an electrical closet on the building’s second floor and a restroom on the 14th floor.

The new round of repairs is yet another reminder of the downtown Sacramento high rise’s history of defects virtually since the day it opened for business 22 years ago. Besides leaking water during storms, the building’s afflictions have included toxic mold, defective elevators, bursting water lines and drain pipes that are rotting throughout the building.

The new round of repairs follows welding work performed the weekend of May 30 on scaffolding around the building’s exterior. The state erected the wood-and-pipe structure three years ago to protect passersby from injury after one of the building’s exterior glass panels popped off and nearly hit a person on the sidewalk below.

Taxpayers have spent more than $60 million on repairs at 450 N St. so far. Replacing the exterior panels, overhauling the drain system and other repairs will cost tens of millions of dollars more. A state spokesman has said that work will start no sooner that early next year.

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