The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 31, 2012
California state board facing $4 million bill to fix HQ exterior, plumbing

Thumbnail image for 110829 BOE HQ.JPGCalifornia's Board of Equalization faces $3 million to $4 million in costs to replace faulty exterior glass panels on its 24-story headquarters and to make extensive repairs to faulty waste water drainage pipes inside it.

In an email to The State Worker, a board spokesman confirmed the new repairs and their cost, which were first reported by Cal Tax Reports.

The news came nearly eight months after one of the decorative glass panels outside of the building at 450 N St. in Sacramento fell eight stories and shattered on a sidewalk. No one was injured.

The new repairs add to a running tab of costly Equalization building fixes stretching back many years.

Between 1999 and 2005, seven windows with faulty seals leaked water and fell to the street below. The Department of General Services, which acts as the building's landlord, spent $15 million on the window system and has shelled out millions of dollars more to clean up toxic mold, replace burst plumbing and fix faulty elevators.

General Services will handle these latest repairs and then bill Board of Equalization, the board spokesman said.

PHOTO: State Board of Equalization headquarters at 450 N St., Sacramento / Sacramento Bee 2005, Jay Mather

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