Company that built collapsed Berkeley balcony gets license revoked

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The California Contractors State License Board, or CSLB, announced Friday that it reached a settlement Wednesday that will formally revoke the license of Segue Construction, Inc., the general contractor responsible for the construction of a Berkeley apartment complex whose balcony collapsed in June 2015, resulting in six deaths and serious injuries for seven others, according to a press release from CSLB.

The settlement resolves a November 2016 lawsuit, which 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,” according to the press release.

The settlement’s stipulations ban Segue from reapplying for a license for five years. Additionally, Kirk Wallis, Segue’s former responsible managing officer, or RMO, chief executive officer and president, has agreed he is jointly and severally responsible to reimburse CSLB’s investigation costs of $99,950 before a new license will be reissued.

David Michael Dunlop, Segue’s RMO from January 2008 to June 2016 and Wallis’ successor, is also jointly and severally responsible for CSLB’s investigation costs, and he will pay up to $15,000 before a new license will be issued, said the press release.

Finally, according to the settlement, for either Wallis or Dunlop to associate with another California contractor’s license, they must file a disciplinary bond totaling between $15,000 and $150,000 with CSLB for a period of at least two years or additional time that the registrar may determine, said the press release. 

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