The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 22, 2012
New problem for Board of Equalization building in Sacramento

Thumbnail image for 110829 BOE HQ.JPGAdd another item to the long list of structural failings that have plagued the Board of Equalization headquarters: corroded pipes.

Department of General Services spokesman Eric Lamoureaux this morning confirmed that pipes in the building are deteriorated. General Services acts as the BOE's landlord.

"At this point it's isolated to waste lines," Lamoureux said, adding that no employee's health has been endangered.

The trouble surfaced on May 4 during the clearing of a clogged drain on the building's sixth floor. The pipe ruptured on the fifth floor, revealing extensive corrosion. Inspectors have since found corroded pipes on floors 7, 14, and 21.

The 24-story HQ at 450 N Street has a long history of structural woes: leaks, mold, burst pipes, unreliable elevators, trace levels of toxic substances and falling exterior glass panels.

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PHOTO: The Board of Equalization building in Sacramento. / Sacramento Bee 2005, Jay Mather

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