California state government’s recent survey of the buildings it owns ranked them for physical condition – the ratio of repair costs to replacement costs – and safety. None of the Sacramento buildings’ scores fell into the “very poor” range, but we’ve focused on five that are listed as “poor,” meaning they will need large-scale renovation soon.
On a survey of state office buildings in Sacramento, the Paul Bonderson Building is identified as the third worst.
Built in 1983, it’s the youngest building in the list’s five worst. A consultant for the state says Bonderson needs about $10 million in repairs, for new flooring, ceiling tiles and ventilation improvements, among other things.
For now, the Department of General Services will maintain the building as-is, without major renovations. But because the Bonderson building is among the state’s top three worst, DGS is also studying how it could be replaced.
The Paul Bonderson building is named after a decades-long state employee.
“Paul R. Bonderson has ably and effectively served in California’s statewide and regional water quality control programs, since inception of the Dickey Water Pollution Control Act in 1949,” a resolution from the Colorado River Basin regional water board declared upon his retirement in 1981.
The resolution says Bonderson was an especially well-trusted and widely liked employee.
PAUL BONDERSON BUILDING
Address: 901 P Street
Year constructed: 1983
Major tenant(s): Department of Consumer Affairs’ Board of Chiropractic Examiners, High Speed Rail Authority, Department of Water Resources
Capacity: 518 people
Estimated cost of repairs needed in next 12 months: $10,816,467
Safety issues: Building lacks fire sprinkler system.
Accessibility issues: Elevators need basic upgrades for accessibility; guard rail for people who are blind recommended below lobby staircase.
Other urgent repairs needed: Ventilation system needs to be replaced; new paint, flooring and ceiling tiles needed.
Historic designation: None.
Source: Facility Condition Assessment by EMG, a consultant.