Rain might not come frequently in Burbank, but police and fire
officials have learned it can still cause problems.
When the two-level parking structure at the Police and Fire
Headquarters was built five years ago, the concrete used was not
Over time, rainwater soaked through the concrete, mixed with
casing chemicals and leaked on several cars parked on the first
level, said Officer Steve Berdrow, the building manager.
Though the structure houses department cars and officers’
personal cars, Berdrow said most of those stained were personal
vehicles. He had no estimate of how many cars were damaged since the
facility opened in 1998, but said most were caught early and did not
sustain permanent damage.
In February, the city hired Best Roofing and Water Proofing of
Gardena to put an epoxy seal on the concrete for $374,154, city
Because of delays caused by rainy weather, the work was not
completed until earlier this month, said Gordon Crawght, marketing
director for the contractor.
But the end of that project did not mean the end of the problems
in the parking structure.
The new epoxy seal is so smooth that cars slipped trying to climb
the steep ramp that exits on to Orange Grove Avenue during rains
earlier this month.
Best Roofing will be recoating the ramp to give cars more
traction, which Crawght said should be completed in the next two to
He said the work done was followed to the city’s specifications.
“As contractors, when we’re hired to do a job like this, we have
little or no ability to change specifications like this,” he said.
While the unsealed concrete has caused several nuisance problems,
Berdrow said he believes it was ultimately more cost-effective to
wait and use the current product rather than using the cheaper but
lower-quality sealant offered by Kajima Construction Services, the
contractor that built the facility.
“We’d have been right back where we started from,” he said. “The
material we would have put down wouldn’t have lasted until today.”