Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) & Access

As Electric Vehicles become more prevalent, the question comes up of what to do to make them accessible and even whether or not they are required to be accessible. Although not specifically mentioned in the ADA Standards, the prevailing requirement in the implementing regulations requires a measure of access for all. So if an element is available to the able-bodied population, then it should also be available for those with a disability.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) & Access

 

Registration is open for Feb. 2017 CASp Exam

Registration is now open for the February 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Oakland and Los Angeles (Hawthorne):

Feb. 8, 2017 – Open and Closed Book

  • Locations:  Oakland and Los Angeles (Hawthorne)
  • Registration closes Jan. 9, 2017

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. for the open book portion and at 12:30 p.m. for the closed book portion. The cost is $400 for each exam portion. More information about the examination process is available on the CASp Program Web Page in the “Certified Access Specialists & Examination Candidates” section.

Register through the CASp Account Login site. You must have an approved application prior to registering. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.

Please direct any registration questions to the CASp Certification team at (916) 323-2737 or CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov. You may direct any questions about services provided by a CASp to (916) 322-2490.

Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule.

Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide to your local community, and helps distinguish your qualifications from those of your peers.

DSA Approval Process for Alternative Project Delivery Methods

The following documents clarify the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) project approval processes for school districts and community colleges using project delivery methods other than the traditional design-bid-build model.

Alternative project delivery methods include lease-leaseback, design-build and use of construction managers. While allowed, these delivery methods previously posed challenges to the interpretation of the Field Act. DSA’s new and revised procedures ensure that the contracting entity’s (builder) actions comply with the requirements of the Education Code and DSA’s administrative regulations:

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.

Attend the Third Annual Project Controls SUMMIT

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January 31, 2017
7:45 AM  Check in / Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM – 3:30 PM Program
L. A. County DPW Center of Excellence
900 S. Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803
See programs from previous Project Controls SUMMITS:  LINK
REGISTER NOW to assure your seat & SAVE  (price increases 12/16/16)
Members          $160
Non-Members  $190
(Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

SAVE $15/person

Register a Team of 3 or more from your firm or agency
You can Sponsor, too – do it soon for maximum exposure
Get Sponsorships & Program Ads on a first-come, space-available basis
For Complete Registration & Sponsorship Details:
Use this Link  Flyer/Reg. Form
or download it from the Council website:  www.wccc.org
QUESTIONS?  Call or e-mail Valerie

Some SUMMIT Topics:

  • Blind Men & the Elephant: Project Controls From Many
  • Perspectives Risk Management in Alternative Project Delivery
  • Using BIM for 4D Schedule Management
  • What is a Dashboard?  Why Is It Important for Me?
  • Owners Panel
  • Minimizing Unforeseen Project Pain: Methodologies to Predict, Plan and Communicate
  • Leveraging the Technology of Today and the Future in Project Controls
  • 30 Minutes To Help Project Teams Banish Claims Forever
  • Achieving Enterprise Project Controls
  • T24 Commissioning/Sustainability/Acceptance Testing Requirements (Effective 1/2017)

ADA: Justice Department Publishes Final Rule on Movie Captioning and Audio Description

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The following is provided by the
Pacific ADA Center

Justice Department Publishes Final Rule on Movie Captioning and Audio Description

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (Department) has published an advance copy of a final rule that amends its regulation implementing title III of the ADA, which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities—including movie theaters. Public accommodations that own, lease, or operate movie theaters have an existing obligation to provide effective communication to persons with disabilities through the use of auxiliary aids and services, and this rule provides greater specificity as to what those obligations are when showing digital movies. The rule explicitly requires public accommodations that own, lease, or operate movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description to patrons with hearing and vision disabilities whenever such entities exhibit digital movies that are distributed with such features, as well as to have available a specific number of fully operational captioning and audio description devices.

More details about the final rule, and about the ADA generally, can be foundon the Pacific ADA Center website at www.adapacific.org.

January 2017 Accessibility and CASp 101 Classes

Dear DSA Partners,

We are pleased to announce that new offerings of the DSA Academy’s Accessibility and CASp 101 classes have been added to our website and are available for registration!
For more information about the class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title below.
Additional classes for 2017 will be posted soon, so stay tuned!

Accessible Public Housing Regulations, Standards and Guidelines

  • Jan. 11, 2017 – Sacramento

Transient Lodging, Housing at a Place of Education, and Social Service Center Establishments

  • Jan. 12, 2017 – Sacramento

CASp 101: Certification and Practice

  • Jan. 13, 2017 – Redding (first time at this location)

Registration Information:
Space is limited, so we strongly recommend that you use our on-line registration system, which allows you to pay for your class fee with a credit card. Your registration is then confirmed automatically with an email message sent to the email address entered in your profile. Registrations sent via regular mail will be processed in the order received by our office.
To register for the class, please follow these instructions:

  • If you have not yet done so, please create an Academy profile. Once logged on, you may register using our online registration system:

          https://www.dsaacademy.dgs.ca.gov/registration/login.asp

  • If you prefer to submit a check for the class fee, please create an Academy account profile by following the link above. Once your account is established, please submit a check with the registration form:

http://www.dsaacademy.dgs.ca.gov/docs/DSA_500.pdf

If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration, please contact: Larry Meade at Laurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an individual confirmation notice with further information.

Registration Deadline:  Registration closes two weeks prior to the class date or when the class reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever comes first.

Access Code Development – Stakeholder Forum on Nov. 15 & Transcript from Previous Meeting

 

As a reminder, please join the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for a public meeting to discuss initial drafts and revisions to proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the 2016 California Building Code. The meeting will occur on Nov. 15, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Revisions to the proposals are identified in the agenda and draft code amendments. The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage.
Available Methods of Participation
Public participation is available in person at DSA’s Headquarters office in Sacramento; via videoconference from DSA’s regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or San Diego; or via teleconference from any location. Addresses and teleconference instructions are available in the meeting agenda.

Transcript from Previous Meeting
The transcript from the Nov. 2 stakeholder forum is now available on the DSA Access 2016 webpage. Transcripts from previous meetings are also available.

Additional Opportunities for Input
As the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle continues, DSA will announce additional opportunities to participate in the code adoption process. Written comments may be submitted at any time to DSAAccess2016@dgs.ca.gov.
Please continue to monitor the DSA Access 2016 webpage for information pertaining to the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle.

Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this information.

Free Energy Code Training

Gina Rodda of Gabel & Associates, LLC, along with her guest speaker Sally Blair of NORESCO, want you to join the conversation regarding resources available on the new 2016 code requirements for Title 24, Part 6.
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  • How Energy Code Ace can help with code resources and questions
  • Classes, books, websites, fact sheets, trigger sheets and more on the 2016 Standards
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Access Code Development – Stakeholder Forum on Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Access Code Development – Stakeholder Forum on Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Please join the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for a public meeting to discuss initial drafts and revisions to proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the 2016 California Building Code. The meeting will occur on November 15, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Revisions to the proposals are identified in the agenda and draft code amendments. The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage.

  • Available Methods of Participation
    Public participation is available in person at DSA’s Headquarters office in Sacramento; via videoconference from DSA’s regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or San Diego; or via teleconference from any location. Addresses and teleconference instructions are available in the meeting agenda.
  • Additional Opportunities for Input
    As the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle continues, DSA will announce additional opportunities to participate in the code adoption process. Written comments may be submitted at any time to DSAAccess2016@dgs.ca.gov.

Please continue to monitor the DSA Access 2016 webpage for information pertaining to the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle.

Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this information.

Projects Submitted Voluntarily under the 2016 California Building Code prior to January 1, 2017

Dear DSA Partners:

As you may know, the effective date of the 2016 Title 24 California Building Standards Code is Jan. 1, 2017. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) will consider requests, on a case-by-case basis, to voluntarily utilize the 2016 California codes for projects submitted for DSA plan review between Nov. 1, 2016, and Dec. 30, 2016.

Alternatively, DSA will continue to accept projects submitted utilizing the currently effective California Building Standards Code (2013 edition) through Dec. 30, 2016, the last business day prior to the official effective date of the 2016 California codes.

Please refer to Bulletin BU 16-04: Submittals Utilizing the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Title 24, Parts 1 through 12) Prior to the Effective Date for detailed information.