Window Falls From Downtown Sacramento High Rise

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – An window panel between the eighth and ninth floors fell from a downtown high-rise Wednesday morning, crashing to the sidewalk below. It’s the latest incident at the state-owned Board of Equalization building that has been plagued for years with problems from mold and leaks to faulty elevators and is costing taxpayers millions to fix.

The window fell at the troubled Board of Equalization building at 450 N Street.

The glass crashed onto 5th Street, which was then closed to traffic. The sidewalk was also blocked off as crews cleaned up the mess. The State Department of General Services, which is in charge of property, is investigating the accident.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the accident. Building officials say the window that fell is a decorative window placed between floors.

“It’s nowhere near where anyone is sitting,” state spokesman Jaime Garza said.

This is not the first time windows have fallen from the building. In 2003, reports of window leaks and falling glass began. Canopies were eventually installed to protect pedestrians. From the 2006-2008, the state undertook a project to fix all the windows in the building.

The building has also had water leakage problems, bat problems, reports of free-falling elevators and sickness from mold.

For the past seven years, the building has been under constant construction. Workers at the 24-story building have dubbed it the “sick building.” There have been dozens of worker compensation claims from employees who say the building has caused their health problems.

The cost to make all the repairs to the building, which is scheduled to be complete in 2014, is now estimated at more than $65 million in taxpayer money. The state cannot sue the builder for damages because the deadline for legal action has passed.

The state still owes roughly $80 million in loan payments on the building.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Really says:

    This is NOT the first timethis has happened! This buildingis GROSS, filled with MOLD, elevators that get stuck for hours. Several employees are out on sick and stress leave, and the State does NOTHING! Someone could again have been killed today. Hey Governor Brown do the right thing close this building, before someone dies!

  2. Seriously? says:

    This is NOT the first timethis has happened! This buildingis GROSS, filled with MOLD, elevators that get stuck for hours. Several employees are out on sick and stress leave, and the State does NOTHING! Someone could again have been killed today. Hey Governor Brown do the right thing close this building, before someone dies! WELL SAID – Also, stop spending millions fixing what cannot be fixed OBVIOUSLY!!!! Invest in new property and oh I dont know perhaps reimburse the sick employees for everything thay have lost because of this SICK BUILDING!!!!! BOARD MEMBER, make something happend NOW!?!?!?!?!

  3. what a joke! says:

    this is so far beyond ridiculous. the timing is amazing with a Board meeting in session. get the employees out NOW! reimburse the sick ones who lost so much because of it. admit you messed up BIG TIME! stop investing millions on useless repairs and invest in the employees instead! disgusting!

  4. Teresa Squier says:

    I began working in this building the first year it was open (1993). BOE moved from it’s offices located at 1020 N Street. From the very beginning the building was filled with problems. Since it was new most people just thought the bugs needed to be worked out; so not much was done. Then came the GUNMAN; remember the man who came in the building wtih the gun(s) looking for people he had problems with. He was taken out by sharp shooters from across the street but that should have been the first clue the BUILDING WAS JINXED.

    Teresa Squier

  5. John says:

    WHY IS IT THAT THE STATE GOVERNMENT KEEPS SPENDING LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW ON MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BUILDINGS WHEN OUR BUDGET IS IN THE RED?!?!?! THEY NEED TO CUT THESE OVER-EXPENSIVE CONTRACTS THEY AWARD TO THEIR FAVORITE CONTRACTORS!!! FRIGGIN’ CROOKS!!

  6. The Blogger Project says:

    This building has been known for years as a “Sick Building”

    I know of a couple of people that work in this building that have both suffered from cancer.

    One of the ladies is in her 20’s…..

    So tell me readers how many ladies do you know in their 20’s that have suffered with Cancer?

    Where is the Union?

    Where is OSHA?

    Where are all of the Tree Huggers?

    This building is Toxic….

    Falling windows are the norm for this building…………

    As a matter of fact, I walked by this buillding today & saw all of the media Vans, police & highway patrol.

    I even saw Koula Gianoulias in the street…… You go girl…..

    hubba hubba…………..

    More people need to get involved with the Hazards of this building…………

    Time to close this building once and for all……….

    Enjoy!

    http://www.sacramento-blog-uncut.blogspot.com

  7. URFULOFIT says:

    Sounds like a Buzz Oates “lean-to.

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