Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



May 22, 2004


June 08, 2004



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Neil R. Cullen, Director of Public Works


Installing Seismic Dampers and Retrofitting Roof Panel Connections on Hall of Justice and Records, Redwood City (P2205)



Adopt a resolution adopting plans and specifications, determining prevailing wage scales and calling for sealed proposals to install seismic dampers and retrofit the roof panel connections on the Hall of Justice and Records.


Previous Board Action

Approved previous projects at the Hall of Justice and Records, which retrofitted the exterior wall panel connections and installed the required inter-floor bracing which is a part of the overall seismic retrofit of the structure.


Key Facts


Installing the seismic dampers and retrofitting the roof panel connections will complete the overall project to improve the building's resistance to earthquake loads.



The work has been coordinated with the different departments, which have offices in the Hall of Justice and Records as the project involves work on the 3rd through the 8th floor of the building.



The proposed work is the final phase of the building's seismic upgrade work and includes the spot abatement of asbestos fireproofing and lead paint in the project area, the retrofitting of the connections between the building and the roof exterior concrete panels, and the installation of seismic dampers to improve the building's ability to withstand earthquake forces. The work will to be conducted after normal business hours and the contractor's employees will be required to obtain photo identification prior to doing any work in the building. The work is anticipated to take approximately six months once fabrication of the seismic dampers is completed off-site.


Vision Alignment

We believe out recommendation is consistent with Goal Number 7, "maintain and enhance the public safety of all residents and visitors" of the Shared Vision Commitment to "ensure basic health and safety for all," as the seismic retrofit will improve the building's resistance to earthquake loads.


Fiscal Impact

The total estimated cost of the work is $2,200,000, and is proposed to be financed with General Funds, Criminal Justice Funds, Courthouse Construction Funds and Facilities Surcharges appropriated in the 2003/04 Fiscal Year, together with appropriations in the General Fund of $475,000 and in the Courthouse Construction Fund of $475,000 proposed in the 2004/05 Fiscal Year.


A contract for the work will not be brought to your Board for consideration until after the 2004/05 budget is approved as an appropriation in the FY 2004/05 budget is necessary to provide sufficient funds to complete this work. The County Manager's Office will also pursue any approvals needed from the State for using Courthouse Construction Funds, as it is our understanding that the State has to approve the appropriation of any Courthouse Construction Funds after January 1, 2004.


A form of resolution has been approved by County Counsel.