Contractors State License Board Reaches Settlement to Revoke License of General Contractor in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Case
Case alleged contractor willfully disregarded plans and departed from accepted trade standards
SACRAMENTO – The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has reached a stipulated settlement that will formally revoke the license of Segue Construction, Inc. (#638854), the general contractor responsible for the building of an apartment complex in Berkeley where a balcony collapsed on June 16, 2015. The collapse killed six people and seriously injured seven others.
The settlement, adopted and signed by signed by the CSLB’s Legal Action Deputy on behalf of the Registrar on April 19, 2017, will become effective on May 19, 2017.
The following are the terms agreed to:
- The Segue Construction license is revoked. The license holders cannot apply for reissuance or reinstatement of any license for five (5) years from the effective date of this decision;
- Kirk Alan Wallis, Segue’s Responsible Managing Officer (RMO), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and President from March 4, 1992 to January 11, 2008 has agreed that he is jointly and severally responsible for reimbursing CSLB’s total investigative costs of $99,950, prior to issuance of a new or reinstated license;
- David Michael Dunlop, Segue’s Officer from February 7, 2002 to January 11, 2008, and RMO from January 11, 2008 to June 29, 2016, has agreed that he is jointly and severally responsible for reimbursing CSLB’s total investigative costs in an amount not to exceed $15,000, prior to the issuance of a new or reinstated license; and
- For Wallis and/or Dunlop to associate with any future California contractor’s license, a disciplinary bond that totals between $15,000 and $150,000 must be filed with CSLB, for a period of at least two years and for such additional time as the Registrar may determine.
The stipulated settlement, resolves an Accusation filed on November 29, 2016, that alleged that Segue willfully departed from or disregarded building plans or specifications, and willfully departed from accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction in the building of the Berkeley apartment complex.
CSLB operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, licensing and regulating more than 282,000 contractors in California.
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