The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 30, 2009
Consultant evaluates BOE building

A post two days ago mentioned that the Department of General Services hired a consultant to evaluate the faulty Board of Equalization headquarters building at 450 N St.

Now we have an electronic version of the report. DGS spokesman Eric Lamoreaux said the paper version is almost 6 inches thick.

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Some highlights from the report:

  • The natural gas is in need of an emergency shutoff valve.
  • The mechanical control system needs to be rebalanced and upgraded.
  • The fire alarm system is reaching the end of its service life.
  • The building doesn't meet prerequisites for minimum energy efficiency.

Only visual inspections were performed -- machinery wasn't tested and there were no investigations for water damage or mold, two things that have caused problems for the building in the past. Lamoreaux said DGS is currently inspecting mold and contracting to modernize elevators.

During the next 10 years, DGS plans to implement the suggested $10.6 million in upgrades.

The building can hold about 2,200 employees. Because more than that number work there, about 500 are being relocated to other Sacramento offices, Lamoreaux said.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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