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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/
- General Surface Clearance Procedures
- Operations & Maintenance Protocol for Major Wall Penetrations (Final)
- Operations & Maintenance Protocol for Minor Wall Penetrations (Final)
- State Board of Equalization – Generic Floor Remediation Protocol, Rev 1
- Summary of State Board of Equalization 21st Floor Protocol for Pilot Study, Rev.1
- Revised Investigative Containment and Clearance Procedures - LaCroix Davis Destructive Testing Activities --11th Floor Interior Ceiling Area
- Final Containment Procedures for 23rd Floor South
- Review of Containment Procedures for Floor 23, South Side
- Containment Procedures for Floor 23, South Side
- Records/Documents Inspection and Retrieval Project 22nd, 23rd, 24th Floors and Other Designated Locations
- Personal Contents and Furniture/Equipment Inspection and Cleaning Project 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Floors
- Personal Contents and Furniture/Equipment Inspection and Cleaning Project (Revised) 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Floors
- BOE Revised Ceiling Tile Inspection
- Ceiling Tile Inspection and Management Procedure Addendum
- Industrial Hygiene Work Plan for BOE Building – Pipe Corrosion Investigation, May 3, 2013
- BOE Corroded Drain Line Investigation
- 06/30/15 – Building Update – 450 N Street Building Leak – 14th Floor
- 06/03/15 – Building Update – Maintenance Work at 450 N Street
- 05/28/15 – Building Update – Covered Walkway Maintenance at 450 N Street
- 05/15/15 – Building Update – Covered Walkway Maintenance at 450 N Street – POSTPONED
- 05/14/15 – Building Update – Covered Walkway Maintenance at 450 N Street
- 04/24/15 – Building Update – 17th Floor Drain Pipe and Drywall Repairs
- 04/22/15 – Building Update – 450 N Street Building Leak – 17th Floor
- 12/15/14 – Building Update – Wall Repairs in the electrical room and janitor closet on the 24th floor
- 11/06/14 – Building Update - 24th Floor Water Spill
- 09/26/14 – Building Update - SMUD Transformer replacement will require temporary removal of portion of the Covered Walkway at 450 N Street on 5th Street
- 09/25/14 – Building Update - 450 N Street Building closed this weekend for repairs
- 09/18/14 – Building Update - Ceiling and Wall Repairs in Conference Room 2428
- 09/05/14 – Building Update - Covered Walkway Construction at 450 N Street
- 07/25/14 – Building Update - Fire Control Pump Replacement/Fire Watch
- 07/24/14 – Building Update - Scaffolding Replacement Postponed
- 07/18/14 – Building Update - Building Update - Scaffolding Replacement
- 07/03/14 – Building Update - Wind Dancer Moving Truck Fuel Leak at 4th and N Street
- 03/20/14 – Building Update - Elevator Repairs
- 02/25/14 – Building Update - Elevator Repairs
- 02/07/14 – Building Update - 5th Floor Women's Restroom Repair
- 11/08/13 – HQ Building Update: Evacuation Procedures During a Power Outage (Revised)
- 11/08/13 – HQ BUILDING UPDATE: EVACUATION PROCEDURES DURING A POWER OUTAGE
- 07/26/13 – Building Update – 10th Floor Break Room Cabinet Repair
- 07/11/13 – Building Update – 22nd Floor Men's Restroom Repair
- 06/07/13 – HQ Building Update – 450 N Street Exterior Window Cleaning Schedule
- 06/06/13 – Building Update – 24th Floor Men's Restroom Repairs
- 05/28/13 – Headquarters Building Update – 450 N Street Pest Control Spraying (Bayer Environmental Science Suspend SC Insecticide)
- 05/20/13 – Headquarters Building Update – 450 N Street Interior Window Washing Schedule
- 11/28/12 – Headquarters Building to be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. to Staff – Thursday November 29, 2012
- 10/12/12 – Annual Alarm Testing – Building Closure the weekend of October 13th – 14th, 2012
- 10/09/12 – 450 N Street Building Closure the weekend of October 12th - 14th, 2012
- 10/09/12 – Annual Alarm Testing – Building Closure the weekend of October 12th – 14th, 2012
- 7/19/12 – Building Update – Drainage Pipes
- 7/03/12 – Building Update – Cafeteria
- 7/02/12 – Building Update
- 6/29/12 – Security System Upgrade
- 6/21/12 – Building Update: Drainage Pipes
- 6/13/12 – 450 N Street Building Closure June 15th – 17th, 2012
- 6/06/12 – Building Update
- 5/24/12 – Building Update
- 5/17/12 – Building Update
- 5/14/12 – Building Update
- 5/02/12 – Building Update
- 4/30/12 – Building Update: 5th and N Street
- 2/27/12 – Town Hall Meeting Announcement
- 2/10/12 – Building Update
- 2/09/12 – Building Update
- 2/03/12 – Building Update
2012 Building Assessment Timeline
- 10/06/11 – Town Hall Meeting Announcement
- 7/22/11 – Building Update
- 4/22/11 – Building Update
- 2/10/11 – Building Update
2011 Building Assessment Timeline
- September 21, 2011 – Facilities update: DGS and BOE's Industrial Hygienist report on 450 N Street Listen
- May 25, 2011 – Headquarters Facility Consolidation Update Listen
- April 27, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen
- February 23, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen
- January 27, 2011 – Facilities Update Listen
- 6/03/10 – Building Update
- 2/19/10 – Building Update
- 1/20/10 – Building Update
2010 Building Assessment Timeline
- December 14, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
- November 16, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
- September 15, 2010 – Facilities Update Listen
- July 15, 2010 – Building Update Listen
- 11/06/09 – Building Update
- 10/23/09 – Building Update
- 10/21/09 – Building Update
- 10/16/09 – Building Update
- 10/12/09 – Building Update
- 10/02/09 – Building Update
- 9/24/09 – Building Update
- 7/23/09 – Building Update
- 7/17/09 – Building Update
- 7/16/09 – Building Update
- 7/09/09 – Building Update
- 7/03/09 – Building Update
- 7/01/09 – Building Update
- 6/26/09 – Building Update
- 6/19/09 – Building Update
- 6/11/09 – Building Update
- 6/11/09 – Building Update
- 6/05/09 – Building Update
- 6/03/09 – Building Update
- 3/27/09 – Building Update
- 3/25/09 – Building Update
- 3/24/09 – Building Update
- 3/23/09 – Building Update
- 3/22/09 – Water Event
- 1/02/09 – Building Update
2009 Building Assessment Timeline
- December 16, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- November 19, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- October 06, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- September 01, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- July 21, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- June 09, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- May 27, 2009 - Building Update Listen
- 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 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
- January 22, 2009 – Building Update Listen
- 11/14/08 – Building Update
- 10/14/08 – Building Update
- 9/10/08 – Building Update
- 8/29/08 – Building Update
- 8/21/08 – Building Update
- 8/18/08 – Building Update
- 8/15/08 – Building Update
- 8/11/08 – Building Update
- 7/25/08 – Building Update
- 7/24/08 – Building Update
- 7/23/08 – Building Update
- 7/16/08 – Subject Matter/Medical Expert Panels
- 7/07/08 – Building Update
- 6/26/08 – Subject Matter/Medical Expert Panels
- 6/25/08 – Building Update
- 6/20/08 – Building Update
- 6/13/08 – Building Update
- 5/30/08 – Building Update
- 5/16/08 – Building Update
- 5/15/08 – Building Update
- 5/13/08 – Building Update
- 5/06/08 – Building Update
- 5/01/08 – Building Update
- 4/24/08 – Building Update
- 4/23/08 – Building Update
- 4/18/08 – Building Update
- 4/11/08 – Building Update
- 4/10/08 – Building Update
- 4/09/08 – Building Update
- 3/28/08 – Medical Panel Discussions Postponed
- 3/21/08 – EAP Group Sessions and Subject Matter/Medical Expert Panels
- 3/14/08 – Building Update
- 3/07/08 – Building Update
- 2/22/08 – Building Update
- 2/08/08 – Building Update
- 2/08/08 – Building Update
- 2/04/08 – Building Update
- 1/25/08 – Building Update
- 1/18/08 – Building Update
- 1/11/08 – Building Update
- 1/04/08 – Building Update
- 1/04/08 – Building Update
2008 Building Assessment Timeline
- November 18, 2008 – Response to DGS letter of November 14, 2008
- November 14, 2008 – DGS response letter to Executive Director's October 30 letter
- November 13, 2008 – Liz Houser memo to DGS regarding ongoing building projects
- November 13, 2008 – Executive Director's Report to the Board Listen
- November 13, 2008 – Hygiene Technologies' Brian Daly Addresses the Board Listen
- November 13, 2008 – Building Update Listen
- October 30, 2008 – Executive Director Response Letter to DGS re-occupancy availability letter
- October 20, 2008 – DGS letter to David Gau re: 23rd and 24th floor availability for re-occupancy
- October 1, 2008 – Building Update Listen
- July 8, 2008 – Building Update Listen
- June 24, 2008 – Building Update Listen
- April 8, 2008 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
- April 4, 2008 – Response to Ramon Hirsig from Will Bush re: 23rd Floor Remediation
- March 26, 2008 – Letter to Will Bush from Ramon Hirsig re: 23rd Floor Remediation
- March 19, 2008 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
- March 17, 2008 – BOE and DGS management and respective consultants meet to discuss continuing building investigation.
- March 7, 2008 – Chiller supply line pipe on 12th floor breaks and causes water intrusion on 11th and 10th floors.
- February 19, 2008 – BOE and DGS management and respective consultants meet to discuss continuing building investigation progress.
- February 1, 2008 – Executive Director's report to the Board. Listen
- January 16, 2008 – CASE union representative tour of building
- January 7, 2008 – BOE and DGS management and respective consultants meet to discuss building investigation progress.
- January 4, 2008 – Major storm event water intrusion source identification, and addressing and removing water begins.
- January 4, 2008 – Major storm event cases some water intrusion.
- 10/30/07 – Building Update
- 10/26/07 – Building Update
- 10/24/07 – Building Update
- 10/18/07 – Building Update
- 10/18/07 – Building Update
- 10/12/07 – Plan for Inspection/Retrieval of Legal Department Documents and Laptops
- 10/11/07 – Building Update
- 10/10/07 – Building Update
- 10/04/07 – Building Update
- 10/02/07 – Building Update
- 10/01/07 – Building Update
- 09/28/07 – Building Update
- 09/27/07 – Water Intrusion Mitigation Update
- 09/26/07 – Water Intrusion Mitigation Update
- 09/20/07 – Bat Inspection On Wednesday
- 09/18/07 – Bat Inspection On Wednesday
2007 Building Assessment Timeline
- 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 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 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 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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