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According to available documents, the building at 450 N Street has a history of water intrusion resulting from construction-related deficiencies with windows and decks. The building also has experienced water leaks from interior plumbing failures. These events have caused damage to the building, and employee occupants have expressed health concerns about potential exposures to mold or other contaminants or hazardous substances in the building.

Presented below is a sample of the construction-related problems and their timelines. This listing was obtained from documents provided by BOE and is not presented here as a complete history of problems with the Headquarters building.

  • 1991–1992: The Capitol Square Building (450 N Street) was under construction. Dreyfuss/Blackford (DBE) was the architect and Hensel-Phelps (HP) was the general contractor.
  • 12/1/1992: 450 N Street was substantially completed.
  • 1994–1995: During occupancy of building by BOE, CalPERS, HP, and DBE pursued solutions to resolve water intrusion problems.
  • 1998: CalPERS retained Rosenberg McGinnis to conduct an investigation into possible causes of water intrusion from annual precipitation.
  • 6/1/1998: CalPERS was unable to resolve water intrusion issues with HP or DBE.
  • 4/1999–2000: Department of General Services (DGS) investigated leaks and negotiated repairs with HP and DBE.
  • 9/1/1999: One spandrel panel fell from the 7th Floor East.
  • 8/1/2001: Two spandrel panels broke, one between 7th / 8th Floors, the other between 8th / 9th Floors.
  • Winter 2001–2002: BOE experienced water intrusion in the area below 23rd Floor deck south and east.
  • 6/1/2004: DGS/Environmental Safety Health and Operations Program (ESHOP) team was directed to address indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. ESHOP established air testing protocols for mold concerns/complaints.
  • 1/1/2005: One spandrel panel fell from south elevation between 7th / 8th Floors.
  • 9/1/2005: Four spandrel panels broke between the 7th / 8th Floors and at the 10th Floor; shards of glass fell onto garage deck. Emergency pedestrian protection was installed.
  • 5/1/2006–9/2007: DGS contracted with J. R. Roberts Construction Company to make Curtain Wall repairs in three phases: spandrel panel repair, vision panel repair, balcony deck repair. Curtain Wall Repairs were completed 9/2007.
  • 9/21/2007: BOE facilities staff discovered wall discoloration behind modular furniture; BPM ESHOP tape lifts and bulk samples tested positive for fungal growth.
  • 9/28/2007: BOE staff relocated from 22nd and 23rd Floors.
  • 10/8–9/2007: BOE staff relocated from 24th Floor – reported to temporary work location.
  • 12/2007: Varying degree of water intrusion episodes occurred on the 23rd Floor deck areas, which impacted various building materials in the areas below on the 22nd Floor.
  • 1/2008: BOE and DGS management and respective consultants met to discuss building investigation progress. BOE attended monthly status meetings with SCSA Secretary and DGS.
  • 3/2008: A Chilled Water pipe on the 12th Floor broke causing water intrusion on the 11th and 10th Floors. BOE met with DGS and respective consultants to conduct a building investigation.
  • 8/2008– 8/2009: Elevator shaft inspections performed during building-wide assessment indicated several areas of historical water intrusion issues and fungal growth. Subsequently, clean-up and encapsulation activities were completed.
  • 12/2008: 450 N Street building repair costs were estimated through June 2009 at $29.8M.
  • 2/2009: BOE attended monthly status meetings with SCSA and DGS to discuss the 450 N Street building and progress in various remediation projects in the building.
  • 2/2009: La Croix Davis Final Report – Summary of Findings. Presence of mold in numerous locations was found on numerous floors throughout the building.
  • 3/22/2009: A defective valve did not shut off a hot water pipe being repaired causing flooding and water damage to the 8th and 9th Floors. Northwest stairwell closed to employees except in the case of emergency.
  • 5/2009: Meeting with Board Members, DOF Director, SCSA and BOE to discuss BOE's request to move out of the building. Governor Schwarzenegger's Administration recommended BOE remain in the 450 N Street building and move employees to temporary swing space as floor-by-floor remediation was conducted.
  • 6/2009: Floor-by-floor remediation began at the 450 N Street building.
  • 9/2009: Elevator modernization began at the 450 N Street building.
  • 10/2/2009: Suspected mold growth discovered on 3rd Floor.
  • 10/12/2009: Storm caused additional water intrusion from the curtain wall.
  • 10/2009: Additional visible mold growth (VMG) was found on 4th and 11th Floors women's restrooms' ceiling and vestibule areas. Wet ceiling tiles found on 10th and 11th Floors due to a leaking condensate drain pan. Both LaCroix Davis (LCD) and Hygiene Tech (HTI) found additional, substantial VMG on 1st Floor that was not previously identified.
  • 1/20/2010: 23rd Floor balcony doors leaked during storm in January. New leak in the curtain wall at the penthouse was found.
  • 2/2010: BOE was requested by the DOF and key Legislative consultants to perform an independent third party fiscal study on the current BOE Headquarters building located at 450 N Street in Sacramento to perform the analysis needed to support AB 151.
  • 6/2010: The independent third party report recommended that BOE be located to a more suitable facility and that the 450 N Street building should either be sold or repaired and backfilled with another State tenant(s). It is further recommended that DGS be directed to determine the most cost-effective option for the State.
  • 9/2010: Governor Vetoes AB 151.
  • 2010 through 2011: Floor-by-floor remediation in the 450 N Street building continued.
  • 2/2011: Introduced AB 1143 (Dickinson) – Authorized DGS to search for a more suitable facility for BOE. Legislation was parked until BOE, DGS, and DOF could reach a consensus on the cost of a move.
  • 3/2011: Ground water intrusion in form of standing water discovered in several main elevator shaft pits. Subsequent removal of water and follow-up repair work on concrete subfloor was performed.
  • 3/2011 – 1/2012: Delaminated Vinyl Composite Floor Tile (VCT) issues were identified during odor investigations on upper floors. Further building-wide inspections and investigations continued with the removal of VCT in several rooms where delaminated tile and odors were identified.
  • 4/2011 – 6/2011: Discovered mold in the HVAC duct system in the 450 N Street building.
  • 9/2011: HTI and DGS/LCD developed an indoor air quality testing plan to address the mold in the HVAC system in the 450 N Street building.
  • 9/20/2011: BOE Board Meeting presentation by HTI and DGS/LCD to conduct monthly QPCR air monitoring as related to the HVAC mold discovery. The BOE Board concurred.
  • 11/2011: Remediation continued based upon discovery of VMG in the 450 N Street building HVAC system and 1st Floor walls.
  • 11/2011: HTI and LCD began monthly QPCR air monitoring as related to the HVAC mold. Air monitoring continued in the 450 N Street building through November 2012. DGS was to develop a plan for on-going monitoring.
  • 11/2011 to 1/2012: BOE HQ domestic water line investigation and emergency repair project. DGS installed support braces in the janitor closets of each floor in the 450 N Street building to support the domestic water supply line into the building.
  • 1/2012: Floor-by-floor mold remediation work and elevator modernization project completed in the 450 N Street building. Remediation work required movement of BOE staff onto swing floors for DGS to perform the work as the building remained occupied.
  • 1/11/2012: A spandrel glass panel fell from the 9th floor to the ground at the 450 N Street building.
  • 2/2012: DGS erected scaffolding around the 450 N Street building that will remain until DGS provides a plan on how to address the failure.
  • 3/8/2012: Total remediation, modernization, and Stantec report repair costs are estimated at $64M.
  • 4/2012: Five vision windows on the 18th Floor were showing cracks and were replaced.
  • 6/2012: DGS reports that the 2 inch drain lines at the 450 N Street building have decayed and corroded.
  • 8/2012: DGS is working with a plumbing firm to provide an expert opinion and work plan that addresses the findings of the drainage waste vent (DWV) system, including a list of options and recommendations that identifies a cost estimate for any and all necessary repairs of the pipe system at 450 N Street.
  • 8/21/2012: DOF authorized $3.7M to commence replacement of the spandrel panels at 450 N Street.
  • 12/12/2012: DGS hired a plumbing consultant to investigate the drain line pipe system.
  • 1/14/2013: DGS presented the spandrel panel replacement samples to BOE and DOF. DGS will install an aluminum panel with a polymer coating to match the current color of the existing panels.
  • 3/12/2013: DGS and their contractors removed and replaced two of the spandrel glass panels from the 23rd Floor deck. These two mock-up aluminum panels have a color coat that matches the existing spandrel glass panel yet they vary in finish, one has a mica and the other has a flat finish. BOE selected the mica finish.
  • 4/15/2013: DGS prepared the spandrel panel project cost estimate at $4.176M with a project duration of 6 months.
  • 4/26/2013: DGS and their consultants began the BOE HQ drain waste vent (DWV) system investigation. Weekly follow-up meetings are held at BOE HQ to discuss the status of the findings with DGS and their consultants.
  • 5/14/2013: DGS, BOE, DOF, HTI and LCD met to discuss the scope of work for the spandrel panel project. Discussions focus on the health and safety requirements to temporarily relocate BOE staff while spandrel panels are replaced. Since construction containment was not included in the original scope and cost estimate, DGS will re-evaluate the scope and revise accordingly, including a revised cost estimate and timeline.
  • 6/20/2013: DGS prepared the revised spandrel panel project cost estimate of $6.9M and a revised project duration of 10 months. DOF approved. DGS anticipates bid opening in September 2013 and the project to begin in October 2013. This estimate does not include costs to relocate BOE employees or lost productivity.
  • 7/13/2013: DGS and their consultants completed the BOE HQ DWV system investigation. Preliminary findings of the DWV system indicated pipes and slope of pipes were not installed to code, significant deposits are in the drain lines, corrosion is extensive, and the vent system is not effective per the original installation of the DWV pipe system. DGS and their consultants anticipate release of their report in October 2013.
  • 10/17/2013: DGS held a pre-bid site inspection tour with interested contractors to tour the 450 N Street building for the spandrel panel replacement project. Scope of work includes removal of the existing spandrel panels in the entire exterior curtain wall system of the 450 N Street building and installation of new aluminum panels and all related work, including mold remediation.
  • 11/13/2013: Final draft report for the DWV system investigation report was released to DGS as hard copy.
  • 1/15/2014: DGS held a 2nd pre-bid site inspection tour for the spandrel panel replacement project. The 1st tour resulted in one bidder and DGS requires a minimum of three bids for the project. The bid opening date was 2/5/14.
  • 1/31/2014: A water leak was reported in the 6th Floor women's restroom. DGS identified the source as a waste water pipe line. The 450 N Street building was closed from 1/31/14 to 2/2/14 so DGS could perform repairs. The waste water pipe showed significant corrosion and decay consistent with findings in the DWV system investigation report.
  • 2/11/2014: DGS canceled the spandrel panel replacement project. A revised scope will be developed for building repairs to include the spandrel panel replacement, DWV system repair, HVAC duct cleaning, and Stantec report repairs.
  • 2/2014: Assembly Bill (AB) 1656 as authored by Assembly Member Dickinson in support of relocating the BOE HQ to a new location due to building deficiencies.
  • 6/6/2014: DGS notified BOE the fire control system required repairs. Parts to arrive within two to ten weeks. The State Fire Marshall informed DGS a fire watch of the 450 N Street building was required with one person to walk the entire building every hour.
  • 7/30/14: DGS notified BOE all fire pump repairs to the fire control system were completed and approved by the State Fire Marshall. The fire watch was lifted.
  • 8/17/14: DGS completed the installation of replacement scaffolding around the 450 N Street building that will remain until DGS and their contractors complete the BOE HQ Renovation Project, which includes replacement of the spandrel panels.
  • 9/10/14: Clogged drain line to a condensate pan in the elevator cooling unit overflowed resulting in wet ceiling tiles and carpet tiles in Room 2428. DGS setup a containment in the work area and started repairs on 9/19/14, completing on 9/25/14.
  • 1/24/15: A flex hose line failed on Floor 2, resulting in a water leak that caused two ceiling tiles to fall. The impact was limited to two cubicles and carpet tiles. DGS returned the space to service on 1/26/15.
  • 4/22/15: A cracked drain pipe from Break Room 1814 resulted in a water leak on Floor 17 above the drinking fountain outside the men's restroom. This water leak stained ceiling tiles, sheetrock, carpet, and required closure of the men's restrooms on Floors 17 and 18 and closure of Break Room 1814. DGS began repairs to the pipe and drywall on 4/24/15 and returned the impacted spaces to service on 4/27/15.
  • 6/2015: Due to water intrusion events that occurred during the winter of 2014-15, DGS inspected badging Room 114, Room 2427, the electrical closet on Floor 2, and the men's restroom on Floor 14. DGS' inspection of these areas and subsequent repairs were completed on 6/29/15.
  • 6/26/15: A clogged drain pipe located on the north side of Floor 14 caused water to flood the floor of Lactation Room 1410 and seeped into adjacent Rooms 1411 and 1412. No mold was identified in the three affected rooms. DGS removed the sheetrock in these affected rooms the same evening and completed wall repairs on 6/30/15.
  • 7/3/15: DGS published the State Facility Long-Range Planning Study prepared by consulting the team of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK), to develop a comprehensive long-range strategic asset management plan for DGS's portfolio of general-purpose office buildings in the greater Sacramento as defined in AB 1656. In this report, 29 buildings were identified with the most critical to least critical need for renovation, repair, or replacement. The HOK evaluation team conducted a two to three day walk-through of the buildings to observe building systems and components, identify physical deficiencies, and formulate recommendations to remedy any deficiencies. The BOE HQ building was listed at 16 out of the 29 buildings identified in the report with the greatest need to prioritize facility improvements. The State Facility Long-Range Planning Study was posted on the BOE HQ Building Assessment website.
  • 8/29/15: DGS performed maintenance work on the covered walkway surrounding the building. DGS replaced weathered plywood side panels with new panels and replaced temporary plastic water protection on the roof of the walkway with new roofing material.
  • 10/27/15: A water leak was discovered in the 3rd floor hallway near the east stairwell, Storage Room 302, and a cubicle on the 2nd floor near the east stairwell. DGS determined the source of the leak was a cracked drain pipe on the southeast side of the building’s 3rd floor. DGS replaced the damaged pipe within one hour and the damaged ceiling tiles on the 2nd floor within two hours of the leak’s discovery. DGS removed the damaged sheetrock that evening in the 3rd floor hallway and installed new sheetrock, including all remaining paint and finish work the following week. All work was completed after business hours with no impact to BOE operations.
  • 1/15/16: DGS and its contractors, EV Connect and HUPP Electrical, installed electric vehicle charging stations on the 3rd floor level of the parking structure at BOE HQ. Four charging stations were installed to service up to eight electric vehicles. Thirteen parking spaces adjacent to the work area closed for the duration on the project starting 1/15/16. The garage upgrade project did not impact any electrical operations associated with the parking structure, nor interfere with daily garage parking operations.
  • 1/26/16: A Power Point presentation entitled “Board of Equalization Process Improvements Study Preliminary Final Report” was presented by consultants of DGS during the Board Meeting. DGS contracted with architectural and engineering firm, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA) to complete the preliminary final report and the Power Point presentation. The presentation and preliminary final report relate to revenue generation at BOE HQ.

    A copy of the Power Point presentation and preliminary final report have been posted on the BOE Building Assessment website at /building-updates/

  • 2/20/16: DGS replaced a transformer in the electrical vault room located on the 3rd level of the parking garage at BOE HQ. The transformer provided power to the garage and portions of the 1st floor, including the cafeteria. As a precaution, the BOE HQ garage and building were not accessible to staff and no overtime was allowed. DGS completed the work and the garage and building were open for business on Monday, 2/22/16.
  • 3/04/16: DGS posted the Evaluation of the State Board of Equalization Appraisal and Assessment Report February 2016 - Response to California State Auditor Report 2014-108 Report on their website. BOE provided a link to this report on the building assessment website under the building update section at /building-updates/

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  • May
    • May 31, 2012 – Facilities Update Listen
  • March
    • March 21, 2012 – Facilities Update Listen
  • February
    • February 29, 2012 – Facilities Update Listen

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2011 Building Assessment Timeline

  • September
    • September 21, 2011 – Facilities update: DGS and BOE's Industrial Hygienist report on 450 N Street Listen
  • May
    • May 25, 2011 – Headquarters Facility Consolidation Update Listen
  • April
    • April 27, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen
  • February
    • February 23, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen
  • January
    • January 27, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen

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    • December 14, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
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    • November 16, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
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    • September 15, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
  • August
    • August 25, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
    • August 25, 2010 – Update on Annex Location Listen
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    • July 15, 2010 – Building Update Listen
  • May
    • May 26, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
    • May 26, 2010 – Update on Annex Location Listen
  • April
    • April 13, 2010 – Building Update Listen
    • April 13, 2010 – Update on Annex Location Listen
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    • January 27, 2010 – Annex Location Update Listen

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2009 Building Assessment Timeline

  • December
    • December 16, 2009 - Building Update Listen
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    • November 19, 2009 - Building Update Listen
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    • October 06, 2009 - Building Update Listen
  • September
    • September 01, 2009 - Building Update Listen
  • July
    • July 21, 2009 - Building Update Listen
  • June
    • June 09, 2009 - Building Update Listen
  • May
    • May 27, 2009 - Building Update Listen
  • April
    • April 15, 2009 - Status of Ongoing Projects Listen
    • April 15, 2009 - La Croix Davis Report - Summary of FindingsListen
    • April 15, 2009 - Site Search UpdateListen
    • April 7, 2009 - 9th floor employees return to work on the 9th floor. Northwest stairwell reopens for all purposes.
    • April 6, 2009 - 8th floor employees return to work on the 8th floor.
  • March
    • March 22, 2009 - Water event in 9th floor ceiling closes 8th and 9th floors. Northwest stairwell closed to employees except in the case of emergency.
    • March 17, 2009 – Building Update  Listen
  • February
    • February 3, 2009 – Executive Director's report on the Future of BOE HQ  Listen
    • February 3, 2009 – Building Update  Listen
  • January
    • January 22, 2009 – Building Update Listen

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  • December
    • December 24, 2007 – Cleaning, boxing and testing of personal items taken from the 24th floor began. Delivery of those personal items to BOE employees temporarily housed at FTB also began.
    • December 17, 2007 – BOE management and consultants meet with SEIU representatives and consultants to coordinate efforts related to the ongoing building evaluation.
    • December 17, 2007 – BOE and DGS and respective consultants and management meet to discuss ongoing building evaluation and remediation plans proposed by DGS.
    • December 12, 2007 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
    • December 7, 2007 – Frequently Asked Questions section added to Building Assessment webpage.
    • December 7, 2007 – BOE consultant Hygientech responds to proposed containment protocol.
    • December 7, 2007 – Proposed containment protocol received from DGS consultants.
    • December 3, 2007 – Joint meeting of BOE and DGS consultants to discuss remediation plan and next steps.
  • November
    • November 25, 2007 – Cleaning and pack out of personal property on south side of 23rd–floor completed.
    • November 15, 2007 – BOE's consultants meet with DGS’ consultants to review preliminary plan of action.
    • November 15, 2007 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
    • November 14, 2007 – SEIU 1000 representatives second visit to building.
    • November 13, 2007 – BOE invites SEIU to participate in investigation and assessment.
    • November 7, 2007 – BOE launches survey on website seeking employee input and assistance in identification of areas of concern.
    • November 6, 2007 – BOE is provided with DGS' preliminary plan of action, and plan is sent to BOE's consultants.
    • November 1, 2007 – SEIU 1000 representatives, including SEIU’s National Director of Health and Safety, toured the BOE headquarters building at 450 N Street and spoke with employees.
  • October
    • October 29, 2007 – Sterling & Associates prepares report for DGS.
    • October 27, 2007 – The Department of General Services and their consultants completed a walk through of the BOE Headquarters.
    • October 24, 2007 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
    • October 22, 2007 – BOE unveils new webpage for building assessment updates and information.
    • October 19, 2007 – Department of General Services determines state emergency for BOE Headquarters Building. Department of Finance concurs. See Determination of State Emergency here.
    • October 19, 2007 – Mail room wall cleaning began and air and surface tests were conducted.  Test results are, “unremarkable and not expected to be of consequence to building occupants,” according to on–site industrial hygienists.
    • October 18, 2007 – Employee report of something suspicious on a concrete mail room wall. Area inspected by industrial hygienist.
    • October 18, 2007 – Employee information regarding water intrusion issues solicited from Executive Director.
    • October 17, 2007 – Executive Director’s Building Update to the Board at Shell Beach Assessor’s Conference. Listen
    • October 12, 2007 – Inspection and assessment of boxes, files and laptops began by independent Industrial Hygienists.
    • October 11, 2007 – Move of 114 legal staff to FTB began.
    • October 10, 2007 – BOE independent consultants, BOE executive team and DGS representatives meet to discuss roles and responsibilities.
    • October 10, 2007 – Met with independent consultants for briefing and roundtable discussion regarding building issues. Tour also conducted.
    • October 10, 2007 – Process of retaining independent medical, building and remediation consultants began.
    • October 5, 2007 – BOE executive team and DGS team met to discuss plan of action.
    • October 5, 2007 – Employees not allowed on the 24th floor.
    • October 1, 2007 – All employees remaining on the 23rd floor were moved to other floors.
    • October 1, 2007 – DGS began removing and replacing all building air filters.
  • September
    • September 28, 2007 – 22nd and 23rd floor employees begin to be relocated.
    • September 27, 2007 – Employees not allowed on the south and east sides of floors 22 and 23.

  • How do elevators work? 

    There are two major elevator designs in common use today: the Hydraulic system, which uses a piston and hydraulic fluid to ‘pump’ the car up and down the shaft; and the Cable system, which uses steel ropes and weights to move the car up and down the shaft.

  • What elevator design is in use at the BOE? 

    As in most buildings over a few stories tall, the Capital Square building uses the cable system.

  • How safe is the cable system? 

    While one cable is considered sufficient to support the weight of a car, the system at the Capital Square building that uses a redundant set of five cables on the low rise bank, Cars 1 to 4, and there is a redundant set of six cables on the high rise bank, Cars 5 to 9.

  • What are some of the other safety features in use at the Capital Square building? 

    In addition to having either five or six braided cables for each car, the Capital Square elevators have a built-in braking system that grabs on to the rail if the car moves too quickly. Another safety feature is the electromagnetic brake system that can stop the car in the event of a loss of power. Interestingly, it is power that keeps the brakes off. When power goes out, the brakes default to a position that causes the car to stop. Finally, in the unlikely event that the car reaches the bottom of the shaft before coming to a complete stop, a heavy-duty, oil-filled shock absorber system works like a giant cushion to soften the car’s landing.

  • Sometimes the wait is very long for the next car, what can be done to make the cars faster? 

    A computer system controls the movement of the cars. To get people around, the elevator needs to know three things: where people want to go, where each floor is, and where the car is located. There are several ways that the system works to be more efficient:

    • When a load sensor detects that a car is full, the car won’t make any more pick-up stops until some people have gotten off.
    • Many elevators (such as here at Capital Square) continue in one direction until there are no more calls for that direction. Then it will reverse until there are no more calls in the other direction. More advanced systems take traffic patterns and the locations of the other cars into account to achieve greater efficiency.
  • Why do the permits in the elevators always seem to be expired? 

    The permits seem to be expired because renewing them is a function of a separate agency of the state of California. The Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has a unit called the Elevator, Ride and Tramway Unit. The DOSH elevator unit inspects elevators in California institutions like those at Capital Square. It tries to schedule regular inspections throughout the year, in order of permit expiration date, but it can’t always adhere to a regular timetable.

    Capital Square has experienced many instances when elevators have not been inspected by DOSH in a timely fashion. This is not uncommon — and it doesn’t mean our elevators are unsafe or that they haven’t been maintained. It just means that DOSH is behind in its work. And even after the elevator has been inspected, it sometimes takes weeks for the new permit to arrive. http://bfa.sdsu.edu/plant/faqs.htm#Q11

  • Sometimes it seems like only couple of elevators are working at any given time. What’s up with that? 

    The Capitol Square Building elevators get lots of use and, like any machinery with mechanical parts, they break down on occasion. Elevator maintenance is a high priority and DGS has a contractor on call to make repairs as needed. A complete modernization of the elevators is scheduled to begin early 2010.

  • I’ve heard that the elevators at Capital Square are being scheduled for a major upgrade. What is being upgraded? 

    All mechanical elevator systems, including the electrical system are included in the modernization project.

  • What is the timeline for repairs? 

    According to DGS, the planned schedule for elevator modernization is several months, because the work will be done on one elevator at a time from each bank. The particular elevators being upgraded will be out of service for several weeks while the work is completed. Once the individual elevator work is finished, that elevator will be put back into service and another will be shut down for repair, and so on until all elevators have been modernized. The whole process, according to DGS, is scheduled to take approximately two years.

  • When will the work be done (days, nights, weekends)? 

    The work will be completed during normal work hours, weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Who is paying for these repairs/upgrades? 

    This is a DGS modernization project, and is funded out of a portion of the annual rent paid to them by BOE.

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Report: Here’s why California Board of Equalization should get new HQ – Forget the Board of Equalization tower’s history of mold, water leaks, falling exterior glass panels, corroded waste-water pipes, unreliable elevators and bat infestation.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 01/27/16

New lawsuit targets California state tax building, officials – A dozen state workers are suing the Board of Equalization, alleging that agency leaders for years have known its 24-story headquarters is a health hazard but continue to tell employees that the building is perfectly safe.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 01/15/16

Could state offices fill a new Capitol Mall tower? – Developers connected with the infamous "hole in the ground" at 301 Capitol Mall — vacant since a high-rise project stalled in 2007 — said Tuesday they are talking with potential tenants for a possible new tower on the site.
Ben van der Meer and Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 01/12/16

State tax agency looking at Capitol Mall site for new headquarters – The state Board of Equalization is in discussions about moving its 2,200-employee headquarters to a new mixed-use tower that could be built in the infamous “hole in the ground” at Third Street and Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento.
Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis, Sacramento Bee 01/12/16

Jerry Brown’s budget plan: $1.5 billion to repair, replace state buildings – Gov. Jerry Brown proposed building two new state office buildings in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, part of a $1.5 billion infrastructure plan that would also remodel a portion of the Capitol. However, Brown’s budget does not earmark any money for repairs to the Board of Equalization headquarters, the downtown Sacramento tower infamous for a long history of defects.
Jon Ortiz and Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee 01/07/16

State proposed budget includes repairing old capitol buildings – Surprisingly the governor's renovation list does not include this structure, the one many Sacramentans refer to as "the sick building."
Mike Luery, KCRA 3 News, Sacramento 01/07/16

A State of Disrepair – In addition to the much-beleaguered Resources Building, the state has also fumbled on the widely disparaged urban design nightmare that is the 1.7-million-square-foot East End Complex downtown (and the million-dollar art installation there that has decayed beyond repair), and the seemingly cursed and aggressively bland 24-story Board of Equalization Building at 4th and N streets (you know, the one where the windows keep popping out and crashing onto the sidewalk, and is now estimated to need $35 million in repairs itself, on top of the $60 million that has already been spent in repairs).
Rob Turner, Sactown Magazine, December-January issue

San Bernardino shooting raises security questions: How safe is my state building? – State security ramped up again after a gunman in 1993 overpowered security staff and took hostages at the Board of Equalization tower in downtown Sacramento. He died in a shootout with police on the 18th floor. State law enforcement officials soon recommended posting security guards at some government buildings and upgrading other safety measures. The Board of Equalization hardened its tower’s security.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 12/4/15

In Sacramento, some are calling the building that houses a state agency an eyesore – It comes after $60 million in repairs. The California Board of Equalization handles California's sales tax collections.
KGPE Eyewitness News, Fresno 11/19/15

BOE headquarters: Falling plaster, shattered glass, even bats – To the passer-by, the tower at 450 N Street is a downtown landmark, soaring assertively 24 stories into the Sacramento sky. But for more than a decade, the Board of Equalization’s (BOE) headquarters building has been a nightmare to an assortment of state bureaucrats. Glass panels fall out; water leaks; elevators stop between floors; there are potentially dangerous contaminants; plaster falls off walls; there are lawsuits.
Chuck McFadden, Capitol Weekly, 11/17/15

Board of Equalization ‘horror house’ springs new leak – Trick or … leak. The day before Halloween, 2,200 employees at the Board of Equalization received yet another message from Deputy Director Edna Murphy about a problem in their defective tower. This time a drain pipe serving a 4th-floor break room sink had cracked.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 11/02/15

Board of Equalization announces remodel – for scaffolding – While its building rots from the inside out, the Board of Equalization has announced that crews will work on improvements this weekend – to improve scaffolding that skirts the tower’s exterior to protect pedestrians from falling glass.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/27/15

Opinion: State government moonlights as a slumlord – If a recent study to determine the safety of 29 state-owned buildings tells us anything, it’s that the state is a terrible landlord. In fact, it may be time for government to get out of the building-owning business.
George Runner, Sacramento Bee 07/27/15

Department of General Services Says BOE Building Is Not So Bad – Over the past 15 years, the downtown Sacramento building in which the State Board of Equalization is headquartered has suffered falling windows, toxic mold, faulty elevators, water damage, broken sewage pipes, a bat infestation and other maladies. But in a new report, the Department of General Services says the building is not so bad.
California Taxpayers Association 07/16/15

Big shop of horrors: What’s wrong with the five worst state-owned buildings – When the state released a survey last week listing the state-owned buildings in the worst condition, many were surprised to learn the notorious Board of Equalization headquarters didn’t top the list – not even close.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 07/13/15

Report Hampers California BOE Relocation Efforts – A new California Department of General Services report could hurt the State Board of Equalization’s attempt to escape its troubled downtown Sacramento headquarters anytime soon.
Paul Jones, Tax Analysts 07/13/15

Opinion: State lets buildings decay – The state’s most infamous office building… houses the state Board of Equalization headquarters. Just 23 years old, it has been literally falling apart while hundreds of occupants are subjected constantly to leaking water, mold and other dysfunctions.
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee 07/12/15

State issues schedule for California tax HQ building's repairs – More than three years after an exterior glass panel fell eight floors and nearly struck a passerby, the state has announced a schedule to start repairs on downtown Sacramento's 24-story punchline, the Board of Equalization Building.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 07/07/15

BOE building doesn't make list of worst state-owned properties. Now what? – An ongoing effort to move state employees out of the troubled headquarters of the state Board of Equalization in downtown Sacramento hit another hurdle last week after the state released a study suggesting the building isn't as dilapidated and dangerous as critics contend.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 07/07/15

State identifies three worst local office buildings – A state agency is recommending that three aging Sacramento-area office buildings be significantly renovated or replaced by new construction. Perhaps surprisingly, the notorious downtown headquarters of the state Board of Equalization is not among them.
Bob Shallit, Sacramento Bee 07/02/15

Top-to-bottom repairs scheduled for soggy Sacramento BOE tower – Another weekend, another work crew at the Board of Equalization's 24-story headquarters.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 06/05/15

Delayed work at state money pit reset for Saturday – Let's try this again. Work on the Board of Equalization headquarters' scaffolding, an ever-present eyesore that has come to symbolize the tower's long-running troubles, is planned for Saturday after a scheduling snafu forced a two-week delay.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 05/29/15

Work scheduled for troubled tax agency building – Maintenance workers will start early Saturday morning at Board of Equalization's faulty office tower, according to an agency memo issued this week.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 05/15/2015

Defective California state building ends silence, launches Twitter account – After years of suffering in silence, the Board of Equalization's defective high-rise headquarters has launched its own Twitter account, @BOE_Building, under the name "BOE Tower of Terror."
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 05/08/2015

Two weeks to fix latest water damage in Sacramento state tower – Two days after yet another cracked drain pipe leaked water in the Board of Equalization's faulty tower, employees in the building learned this afternoon that it will take two weeks to repair all the damage.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 04/24/2015

Minor leak, more expense for 'sick' Board of Equalization building – In the Board of Equalization tower's soggy history, a recent second-floor leak was tiny: two ruined ceiling tiles, a few wet cubicles and some soaked carpet.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 02/04/2015

State sinks money into high-rise called a 'disaster' – A state-owned high-rise built for $80 million has become a $177 million nightmare — a money pit that is draining taxpayer dollars and, some say, jeopardizing the health and safety of public employees. Flooding, mold, falling windows and free-falling elevators are among the problems at the 22-year-old headquarters for the state Board of Equalization just blocks from the state Capitol.
Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle 09/28/2014

Audit: California Board of Equalization should leave troubled building – After two decades in its defective high-rise headquarters and facing tens of millions of dollars in repairs and litigation, the state Board of Equalization should move, a new state audit concludes. “We believe there could be a net fiscal benefit for the state to move BOE staff to a new facility,” state Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report released Thursday. 
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 09/26/2014

Audit: BOE move not yet justified - KXTV – The state Board of Equalization has been trying to relocate its headquarters but an audit report released Thursday suggested the move is not yet justified.
Carlos Saucedo, KXTV News10 09/25/14

Board of Equalization Building Audit Released – In response to a BOE. request to move, the state legislature asked for an audit of the building's problems and possible solutions. 
Bob Moffitt, Capitol Public Radio (Sacramento) 09/25/2014

Board of Equalization's escape remains thwarted  – For years the state Board of Equalization has been howling about the condition of the state-owned building housing its offices in Sacramento, but its calls to move elsewhere have fallen on deaf ears in the state bureaucracy.
Central Valley Business Times 09/25/2014

New law means BOE workers are stuck with troubled building at least until 2017 – The governor has signed a bill into law that sets a path for moving employees out of a troubled building at the state Board of Equalization. The legislation was significantly narrowed in scope to become palatable to the Brown administration. Originally, Assembly Bill 1656 would have selected a site for the BOE headquarters that would house some 3,000 employees – 1,900 of them from the current headquarters at 450 N. St in downtown Sacramento. The bill was authored by Roger Dickinson, a Sacramento Democrat who is running for the state Senate in November.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 09/22/2014

New leak found at BOE building as Jerry Brown signs state building review law – With new repairs starting over the weekend at the troubled Board of Equalization building, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a measure aimed at eventually moving state employees out of the downtown Sacramento high rise. Assembly Bill 1656 allocates $2.5 million to assess state buildings in the Sacramento area and sets a July 2015 deadline to develop a long-range plan for managing them.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 09/19/2014

Lawmakers send Board of Equalization HQ bill to Jerry Brown – The Assembly sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday that would take a small step toward moving the Board of Equalization out of its defective headquarters in downtown Sacramento. Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton said the legislation conforming to Brown's plan is a “road map” to a dealing with the worst state buildings. “I pray that the studies can be completed quickly to get these employees relocated and stop wasting taxpayers ' dollars,” he said.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/29/2014

Major setback for moving BOE headquarter – The governor apparently has succeeded in postponing the relocation of state employees out of the distressed California Board of Equalization headquarters until further study has occurred.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 08/26/2014

California Board of Equalization bill gets legislative makeover – Legislation to move the state Board of Equalization's operations from its troubled high-rise headquarters – at an estimated cost of $500 million – has been remodeled to conform to Gov. Jerry Brown's more modest plan to assess how the state uses and maintains its buildings. 
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/25/14

California Board of Equalization hit with $75 million employee lawsuit – Three state workers are suing the Board of Equalization, aiming to build a $75 million class action case that the agency violated its duty to provide a safe workplace and for years concealed serious work site health hazards from employees. The lawsuit filed by Sacramento attorney Anthony M. Perez Jr., stems from mold and other defects at the board's 24-story headquarters in Sacramento where roughly 2,200 employees work for the tax-collecting agency. Perez is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/20/2014

Developers hope to woo BOE to Elk Grove, McClellan Park and Township Nine – Three of the developers interested in helping solve the state Board of Equalization's issue with its downtown Sacramento headquarters said their solution would involve moving at least some employees to projects they're involved with.
Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal 08/11/2014

State building's scaffold switch delayed – An exterior scaffolding switch planned for the Board of Equalization's downtown Sacramento headquarters is on hold until at least the middle of this month. The pipe-and-plywood structure skirting the 24-story tower on N Street was leased more than two years ago after an exterior glass panel fell from the building's 8th floor and nearly stuck a pedestrian on the sidewalk below. The $10,000-per-month lease is up, and the state has decided that purchasing a replacement for $100,000 makes sense because the equipment can be used for other projects. Lawmakers are considering a measure that would lay groundwork for Equalization to eventually leave the tower.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/06/2014

California Board of Equalization headquarters gets Ohmanized again – In case you missed it Sunday, The Bee's Jack Ohman suggests a few “ solutions” for the troubled Board of Equalization tower.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 08/04/2014

Replacement Scaffolding Is a Bad Sign at Troubled Board of Equalization Building – Two years after the troubled Board of Equalization (BOE) high-rise office building in Sacramento was encased in scaffolding at a rental cost of $10,000 a month, the hardware is finally coming down Jul 25, 2014.
AllGov 07/25/2014

Poll: How long before California Board of Equalization gets new HQ? – With work crews pulling a scaffolding switcheroo at the Board of Equalization's headquarters this weekend, and given the attention the building has drawn from The Bee since Sunday, it seems like an apt time to ask faithful blog readers, when will the agency get out of California's state money pit?
Jon Ortiz, Merced Sun-Star 07/25/2014

Editorial: State's tower of horror in downtown Sacramento is nice for bats, but not humans – People hoping for a speedy solution to the unholy mess that is the State Board of Equalization tower will be disheartened by the news that the rented scaffolding surrounding the N Street building is coming down. 
The Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee 07/24/2014
Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee 07/24/2014

Permanent scaffolding on BOE building concerns those who want to move – A decision by state officials to replace rented scaffolding outside of the faulty headquarters of the state Board of Equalization headquarters has drawn concerns from those who want to move. The last few weeks have seen a back-and-forth debate between the Brown administration and supporters of Assembly Bill 1656, which would begin a process of moving some 1,900 employees out of the downtown office which has experienced ongoing problems with mold and other structural issues. Earlier this month BOE was hit with a $50 million claim related to mold-related illness.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 07/24/2014

State Board of Equalization building…How may I direct your call? (CARTOON)
Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee 07/23/14

Troubled California state building makes investment – in scaffolding – Crews will start work Friday at the vexed Board of Equalization headquarters, but it won't be to fix the crumbling waste-water plumbing or to replace faulty exterior glass panels that were among the long list of tower defects chronicled by The Sacramento Bee on Sunday. Instead, the three-day project that kicks off at the end of the work week will replace the rented scaffolding erected two years ago with scaffolding that the state is purchasing. Officials ordered the pipes and plywood installed on the 24-story tower's sidewalk and its parking structure's top level after an exterior glass panel popped off the building's 8th floor and nearly struck a pedestrian in 2012. According to a BOE memo sent to employees last week, the scaffolding has to be replaced "due to the expiration of the contract with the previous fencing vendor." Renting the scaffolding cost the state about $10,000 per month, Department of General Services spokesman Brian Ferguson said. The state is paying $100,609 for the new scaffolding. Some other documents that informed the Sunday story: The final report on the Jan. 11, 2012 exterior glass incident. A time line and explanation of why the Board of Equalization moved from 1040 N. St. into the Capitol Square Building at 450 N St. A 1990 letter from consultant Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc., explaining why the deal is a sound pension-fund investment. CalPERS' 1990 feasibility study that references changes to the tower, including additional floors and other design changes.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee, 07/21/2014

Threat of litigation looms over faulty Board of Equalization tower – A Sacramento attorney filed a $50 million tort claim this month, a first step toward suing the Board of Equalization on behalf of employees who say their bosses downplayed the high-rise tower's ailments and put workers' health at risk.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee, 07/20/2014
Jon Ortiz, Fresno Bee, 07/20/2014
Jon Ortiz, Merced Sun-Star, 07/20/2014

State office building racks up millions in repairs – Board of Equalization officials say the constant problems damage morale and undermine productivity. “It's like someone running though the room screaming,” said Liz Houser, the deputy director of administration tasked with handling building problems.
Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press, 07/06/2014

New $50 million claim hits BOE over mold-related illness – A new claim has been brought against the California Board of Equalization on behalf of employees who say they've had skin rashes, respiratory problems and other illness related to mold at the BOE headquarters. The claim, filed Wednesday with the state of California, is the newest development in a saga concerning costly structural issues plaguing the building at 450 N St.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 07/03/2014

State building defects will take years to repair, officials say – Massive defects so riddle a state office tower in downtown Sacramento that it will take five years before they're fixed, according to a new government estimate. The paperwork for rehabilitating the Board of Equalization's headquarters will take two years to complete, the agency said last week. Then tack on three years to get the work done.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 06/30/2014

More problems at BOE headquarters – Video and lab tests show that corrosion damage had spread throughout the wastewater system in the California Board of Equalization headquarters in downtown Sacramento, BOE board members learned Friday.
Sacramento Business Journal 06/27/2014

Governor may not support BOE building replacement – A proposal to replace the California Board of Equalization headquarters in downtown Sacramento with a new building has encountered a potential hurdle with the Brown administration, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson said in an interview Wednesday.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 06/25/2014

Faulty water pump puts state building on 'fire watch' – The Board of Equalization’s infamous headquarters has a new problem: A fire system pump isn’t working properly.
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee 06/12/ 2014

Board of Equalization tries again to get out of moldy building – Jerome E. Horton is the Chairman of the State Board of Equalization. He says 1,900 people work in the building on N Street and have endured one problem after another. “This is the only building in the state of California that has permanent scaffolds all around the building just because at any given time, a window can fall out, plaster can fall off. We spent $28 million just dealing with the mold remediation.”
Timeline: California State Board of Equalization Headquarters
Bob Moffitt, Capitol Public Radio (Sacramento) 06/11/2014

State workers want new structure to replace BOE building – Safety problems within state building continue. The clamor for a new state Board of Equalization building is growing as safety problems within the structure continue – the building is infamous for the scaffolding outside which is meant to protect people from falling windows.
Sharokina Shams, KCRA-TV (NBC, Sacramento) 6/11/2014 | KCRA-TV Video 06/11/2014 click to watch KCRA-TV Video 06/11/2014

Troubled Board of Equalization building faces more problems – There's another problem at the Board of Equalization's troubled downtown headquarters. A fire system pump that has stopped working. It's supposed to direct water up and down the tower's 24 stories, but is in need of repairs that could take more than a week to complete. 
KFBK News Radio 93.1FM and 1530AM (Sacramento) 06/11/2014

Faulty water pump triggers ‘fire watch' at state tower – They walk. They watch. They sniff. A faulty fire system pump at the Board of Equalization's beleaguered headquarters in downtown Sacramento prompted the state fire marshal last week to put the 24-story tower under “fire watch.”
Jon Ortiz, Fresno Bee 06/11/2014

Taxman trying to get out of its money pit, Board of Equalization seeks new headquarters campus – Legislation to relocate the California State Board of Equalization from its headquarters building at 450 N Street in Sacramento has passed off the Assembly floor with bipartisan support, the BOE says. The bill provides the necessary authorization to relocate and consolidate Sacramento-area staff to one campus. "The taxpayers of California are on the hook financially for a building in need of constant mitigation," says BOE Chairman Jerome Horton of the current high rise. "This is one of the only high-rise buildings in America with permanent scaffolding surrounding it to protect employees and the pedestrian public." The BOE says it has already spent roughly $60 million taxpayer dollars on building repairs and remediation. Total costs related to repairs and relocation during construction are estimated at approximately $115 million, which does not include lost employee productivity. "Let's end this craziness and get out of this money pit," says BOE Board Member George Runner.
Central Valley Business Times 06/06/2014

Proposed purchase of new BOE building site moves to Senate – A proposal to replace the troubled headquarters of the California Board of Equalization with a new building somewhere in the capital region unanimously cleared the state Assembly on Thursday. The state of California already has spent $60 million in repairs on the lemon at 450 N St., and could spend up to $159 million over the next few years, according to revised numbers from Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, author of Assembly Bill 1656.
Sacramento Business Journal 05/29/2014

California Assembly OKs bill to explore state office tower options – The Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a measure that would nudge the state toward leaving its problem-plagued Board of Equalization building. The bill by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, would authorize the Department of General Services to spend up to $3 million to pick a site and develop agreements for a new building. The facility would house 2,200 employees now working in the board's N Street headquarters, plus about that many more in satellite offices around the area.Assembly Bill 1656 now goes to the Senate.
Sacramento Bee 05/29/2014

Lawmakers approve bill to move Board of Equalization workers from crumbling office building – Lawmakers are authorizing the state to move the headquarters of the California Board of Equalization out of a Sacramento office tower that has been plagued with problems. Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento says window glass has fallen from the building, its elevators plummet for no reason, and water often pours into work spaces.
KCRA-TV (NBC, Sacramento) 05/29/2014

Proposal would help find new site for Board of Equalization – A proposal to identify a new site to house the California Board of Equalization is headed for a key vote in an Assembly appropriations committee Friday.
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal 05/21/2014

BOE Chairman calls for audit of BOE's building repair costs – The Board of Equalization will consider sponsorship of legislation by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, during its monthly meeting on March 25. Assembly Bill 1656 states legislative intent to authorize the Department of General Services, with the BOE's consent, to enter into agreements for planning, constructing, and acquiring facilities to consolidate and relocate.
Central Valley Business Times 03/12/2014

State Auditor to review options for California tax agency headquarters – A legislative audit committee on Wednesday commissioned an audit of the Board of Equalization headquarters that will consider a range of options for the troubled building and the 2,000 or so employee who work there. State Auditor Elaine Howle said her office can start on it “right away” and finish the work in about five months.
Sacramento Bee 03/12/2014

Lawmaker Lobbies to Fix Troubled Board of Equalization Building – Democratic State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson sent a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to request a state audit and to introduce a bill to rebuild the troubled Board of Equalization building. “All we're doing by staying in the building with the existing workers is throwing good money after bad,” Dickinson said. The 22-year-old building has had quite a history of deterioration. Falling windows, bursting pipes, roof leaks and mold problems have plagued the building. Because of an exchange signed years ago, all maintenance responsibilities fall on the state, and not the contractor. Since its construction, taxpayers have spent more than $64 million in repairs, plus at least $1 million annually for building-related workers compensation claims. The most visual reminder of the ongoing problems is the scaffolding the surround the building. It was put up after a Jan. 2012 incident where spandrel windows fell from between the 8th and 9th floors, and crash landed on the sidewalk. No one was injured. Through his request, Dickson hopes the State Auditor realizes the state is spending too much money for repairs. Then he hopes the State will work together with private contractors to construct a new Board of Equalization headquarters.
KTXL-TV (Fox40, Sacramento) 03/04/2014 | KTXL-TV Video 03/04/2014 click to watch KTXL-TV Video 03/04/2014

Lawmaker wants speedy exodus from BOE building – Following yet another waste-water line leak, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is pushing on two fronts to get state workers out of the troubled Downtown Sacramento high rise, although the best-case scenario for emptying out what has become a public money pit of epic proportions "would be measured in years, not months," he said. On Tuesday, the Sacramento Democrat asked a joint committee of Assembly and Senate legislators for an audit of the facility and introduced legislation that would create a plan to move BOE's employees into a new facility.
Sacramento Bee 02/13/2014

Board of Equalization to get update on building proposals – The tax-collecting Board of Equalization has carved out time this morning for a presentation of the 25 ideas submitted for where to move the agency's 4,000-plus employees. A spreadsheet prepared in advance of BOE Deputy Director Liz Houser's presentation expands on the news first reported in a recent State Worker column, and also shows public transit options, existing property debt, ownership and links via Google Maps to each location. The board's 24-story tower at 450 N St. in Sacramento has a long history of building defects, from leaky windows and faulty elevators to toxic mold and corroded waste water pipes. It's also too small. For years, the board has wanted to get out of the facility, but its monthly lease payments are paying down bonds used to purchase the building. Those obligations won't be paid off for another eight years. The BOE HQ facility discussion should start shortly after the board convenes at 9:30 a.m.
Sacramento Bee 11/20/2013

25 ideas for Board of Equalization HQ relocation – As highlighted in today's State Worker column, state officials have fielded more than two dozen suggestions in response to their call for ideas about where to move the Board of Equalization. The Department of General Services set a Halloween deadline for suggestions. This week, the 24 entities listed below turned over ideas, including 25 sites for relocation. The state isn't obligated to do anything with any of this, but officials wanted to see what developers, property owners and other interested parties could think up. Respondents were asked to address issues beyond where the tax-collecting board might move, including what could be done with the current headquarters at 450 N St. and how the state could satisfy up to $100 million in bond obligations on the downtown tower.
Sacramento Bee 11/07/2013

State looking for ideas for troubled Board of Equalization building – Acknowledging creative solutions are needed, the California Department of General Services has put the call out for ideas to house state Board of Equalization employees working in a troubled downtown Sacramento building.
Ben Van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal 10/14/2013

Lawmakers discuss new building for Board of Equalization – About 2,200 work in main building at N and 5th streets. A state lawmaker wants a new Board of Equalization building built in order, he says, to make it safe for workers and the public. After years of safety hazards and smelly, messy problems at the Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento, a state lawmaker is hoping to start the long process of having a new building built. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and other lawmakers held a hearing at the state Capitol on Tuesday, when they started to weigh some complicated options: Let the BOE stay in the building and repair it, or spend many millions of dollars to build a new one.
KCRA-TV (NBC, Sacramento) 08/20/2013

Could Corrections, Caltrans move into infamous BOE tower? – So let's all agree that the Board of Equalization needs a bigger building and should move out of its current downtown Sacramento headquarters, which has been plagued by bursting windows and mold. The state owns the building, widely recognized as a multi-million-dollar money pit,and is paying down bond debt for it.
Sacramento Bee State Worker 08/20/2013

Lawmakers to hold hearing on Board of Equalization move – An Assembly budget subcommittee is holding an informational hearing this afternoon to talk over what it will take to move Board of Equalization headquarters out of the troubled downtown Sacramento tower it currently occupies.
The State Worker, Sacramento Bee 08/20/2013

BOE Building – As we've documented, California has spent millions trying to repair the deteriorating Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration meets today to discuss the possibility of moving BOE employees out of the dilapidated structure and consolidating them in a new building.
Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert 08/20/2013

Repairs at Board of Equalization building seem fishy – Re "$4 million in repairs afoot at Board of Equalization HQ" (The Buzz, Jan. 28): As a recently retired 29-year career facilities and construction manager at UC Davis, the article about $4 million needed to repair window systems in a 22-year-old commercial building strikes me as very strange.
Sacramento Bee 01/30/2013

Taxpayers Pay Millions In State Building Repairs – Since then, other issues have come to light with the Board of Equalization Building in Sacramento on 450 N. Street. “The pipes were corroded,” said Eric Lamoureaux, Spokesperson for the Department of General Services. “Mold was detected and removed.”
KTXL-TV (Fox, Sacramento) 01/23/2013

New problem for Board of Equalization building in Sacramento – Add another item to the long list of structural failings that have plagued the Board of Equalization headquarters: corroded pipes.
Sacramento Bee 06/22/2012

Board of Equalization cafeteria temporarily shuts down, food trucks to fill gaps – The Board of Equalization's cafeteria utilizes the Department of Rehabilitation's Business Enterprise Program, which trains the legally blind to operate food service entities.
Sacramento Bee 01/19/2012

Window Falls Out of BOE Headquarters During Board Meeting – The agenda for the State Board of Equalization's January 11 meeting in Sacramento said staff would provide an update on the problem-plagued Sacramento headquarters building, but nobody expected the report to include coverage of breaking news. A decorative glass pane that fell out of the building hours earlier, as the board was beginning its meeting, and smashed on the sidewalk more than eight stories below.
CalTaxletter 01/13/2012

Window falls 9 stories from Board of Equalization building in Sacramento – A window in the Board of Equalization (BOE) building at 4th and N Street in Sacramento broke free and fell nine stories to the sidewalk below. The State Department of General Services (DGS) owns the building. DGS spokesman Eric Lamoureux said there have been problems with the 22-year-old building in the past.
KXTV-TV (ABC, Sacramento) 01/11/2012

Glass Falls from Downtown Building – A piece of glass has fallen from at least eight stories up at a building downtown Sacramento, smashing on the
sidewalk and reminding employees of prior incidents.
KTXL-TV (Fox, Sacramento) 01/11/2012

Board of Equalization employee: 'I deserve to be treated better' – I work for the State of California, at the Board of Equalization headquarters, and I deserve to be treated better by the State.
The State Worker, Sacramento Bee – 10/21/2011

State worker turns BOE's building miseries into art – The building's landlord, the Department of General Services, has spent millions of dollars on things like replacing leaky windows, fixing busted pipes, cleaning up toxic mold and repairing malfunctioning elevators.
Sacramento Bee 10/18/2011

Board of Equalization director: We need new headquarters – As Executive Director of the Board, I would like to share with you the BOE's Members' and management's commitment to secure a new facility for BOE employees. A new facility would allow all BOE headquarters employees to work more efficiently in one location. As you know, BOE is responsible for the administration and collection of more than 35% of state government revenues.
Sacramento Bee 10/14/2011

Headquarters problems prompt Equalization staff meetings – The Board of Equalization is in the midst of employee meetings scheduled for
today and Wednesday to talk about its leaky, mold-infested, mechanically unreliable, slightly toxic headquarters at 450 N St. in Sacramento.
Sacramento Bee 10/11/2011

Another toxic turn for Board of Equalization headquarters – Busted water pipes. Toxic mold. Leaky windows. Malfunctioning elevators. Falling glass.
Sacramento Bee 08/29/2011

Bill Would Allow State To Sell Or Lease "Sick Building" – Some state lawmakers want to sell or lease the Board of Equalization headquarters in Sacramento because of faulty construction and other problems in the building. 
Capital Public Radio 01/21/2010

Moldy BOE headquarters bill passes Assembly committee – Members of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee unanimously passed AB 151 – the moldy state building bill – on a 7-0 vote after a brief hearing Monday.
Sacramento Bee 01/13/2010 

State tax agency plagued by moldy building – California officials want to move state workers out of a moldy building in Sacramento.
Mercury News 01/11/2010 

Government agency may move out of moldy Sacramento headquarters –After suffering through months of problems, California officials want to move state workers out of a moldy government office building in Sacramento. 
News 10 01/11/2010 

Leave troubled building, Board of Equalization chief urges –Fed up with years of leaks, floods, falling windows, rampant mold and now free-falling elevators at its Sacramento headquarters
Sacramento Bee 01/09/2010

On The Money: The Sinkhole? – A high-rise office building in downtown Sacramento is causing headaches for state workers and taxpayers alike. Here is out update on a structure that's siphoning off millions of dollars in repairs. 
KOVR-TV Video 11/04/2009

On The Money: The Sick Building – A catalogue of problems is plaguing the Board of Equalization building at 450 N Street in Sacramento that has been under constant construction for the past four years. The latest problem: Closed public restrooms. 
KOVR-TV Video 08/03/2009

State Agency Wants Troubled HQ Building Sold – Longtime Board of Equalization workers say their headquarters building has been a dog from day one. On Wednesday, the board took formal steps that could lead to the sale of the 24-story building. 
KXTV Article 05/27/2009
KXTV Video 05/27/2009 

Water, mold dampening Board of Equalization HQ – The trouble-plagued headquarters of California's tax appeals board has been hit by yet another round of flooding and mold. The repair bill stands at $29 million during the past three years alone, and state employees are wondering whether the building is truly jinxed. 
Capitol Weekly Article 04/02/2009

Board of Equalization HQ: Everyone's back to work – All 275 employees affected by the closure of the 8th and 9th floors of the 450 N Street Board of Equalization Headquarters Building, who are scheduled to work tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, will be back at work in alternate locations. All but 40 employees had already been called back to work. The 8th and 9th floors remain closed. Information from the building's owner, Department of General Services, is that these floors should be repaired and ready to reoccupy next week. BOE's consultant hygienist will conduct testing and analyze the test results before employees are returned to their regular work areas.
Sacramento Bee Article 04/02/2009

Unsafe Elevators Worry BOE Employees – Malfunctioning elevators are the latest problem to hit the Board of Equalization building, which previously suffered flooding.
KCRA-TV 04/02/2009 

New Calamities Hit the BOE Headquarters Building – The State Board of Equalization's problem-plagued headquarters was hit by two new calamities this week. First, repairs to a "flex line" in the ninth-floor ceiling went awry, leading to massive flooding on several floors of the state-owned office at 450 N Street in Sacramento. Then, crews called in to fix the flood damage found signs of pre-existing mold in the walls.
Caltaxletter Article 03/27/2009

California agencies squabble over office mold – Although the state has spent millions to fix everything from mold to leaking windows and unreliable elevators, several floors of the BOE headquarters have remained vacant as the tax-collecting agency and its landlord argue over the quality of some repairs.
Sacramento Bee Article 03/27/2009
Sacramento Bee Video 03/27/2009 

Burst water pipe, more mold discovered at Board of Equalization HQ – The State Board of Equalization said Wednesday it is planning to leave the troubled office building it has called home since 1993 after another watery and moldy weekend at its 450 N St. headquarters.
Sacramento Bee Article 03/26/2009

Water break sends 275 BOE employees home – About 275 Board of Equalization employees remain on paid administrative leave following a water break Sunday and a mold investigation at its headquarters at 450 N St. in Sacramento.
Sacramento Business Journal Article 03/26/2009

Board of Equalization Continues to Administer Tax and Fee Programs
Board of Equalization Press Release 03/25/2009

About 300 BOE Workers On Paid Leave – About 300 California state workers were on paid administrative leave Monday and Tuesday after a pipe burst at the Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento.
KCRA-TV 03/25/2009 

Flooding hits BOE building – Part of the Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento was flooded on Sunday.
KCRA-TV 03/24/2009 

Agency's building mold updates on Web
Sacramento Bee Article 10/23/2007

Will agency bail out of site? – BOE official says mold woes may warrant leaving leaky high-rise.
Sacramento Bee Article 10/18/2007

Workers Accuse State Of Covering up Mold – Pending Lawsuit Claims Officials Did Not Disclose Health Hazard
KCRA-TV Report 10/04/2007
Video of KCRA-TV coverage from 10/04/2007

Mold shuts portion of a state high-rise – Board of Equalization workers say building has made them ill
Sacramento Bee Article 10/03/2007

Mold Closes Part of Sacramento High-Rise
CBS13-TV Report
Video of KCRA and KOVR coverage from 10/03/2007