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Document Update – Revision to Project Inspectors and Inspections Documents

Division of the State ArchitectDocument Update – Revision to Project Inspectors and Inspections Documents


The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces updates to the following documents to improve processes and clarify roles:

Significant revisions in common for the two forms (DSA 5-PI and DSA 5-AI) include:

  • The resubmittal of form DSA 5-PI (or DSA 5-AI, when applicable) is no longer required for indicating changes in project inspector workload.
  • Appropriately certified project inspectors or Relocatable Building In-Plant inspectors having American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector or Senior Certified Welding Inspector certification are no longer required to submit a separate DSA 5-SI: Special Inspector Qualification and Approval.
  • A project inspector’s date of birth is no longer required.

Significant modifications to IR A-7 include:

  • Additional examples for Class 2 and 3 projects.
  • Class 2 or 3 project inspectors may inspect construction of relocatable buildings of the types of construction they are certified to inspect.
  • Clarification on the nature of continuous inspection project inspectors provide per the California Administrative Code.
  • Resubmittal of form DSA 5-PI (or DSA 5-AI, when applicable) is no longer required if project inspectors experience changes in workload. However, project inspectors must communicate with the field engineer if changes occur that result in a total workload exceeding approximately 60 hours a week.
  • An exception allowing non-school district employment for project inspectors so that they may work on manufacturer’s stockpile projects.

Please direct any questions to Ryan Huxley, Supervising Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at

DSA’s New Plan Review Appointment Process Eliminates Bin Time

Division of the State ArchitectDSA’s New Plan Review Appointment Process Eliminates Bin Time

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of an appointment-based process for project submittal. If the project submittal contains all necessary information and documents, plan review will immediately commence on the scheduled submittal date. This new process eliminates the “bin time” when complete plan submittals sat idle while awaiting assignment to a DSA plan reviewer.

DSA expects to begin scheduling project submittal appointments in early July, with the first appointments held in mid-August.

Since DSA’s current bin time is four to six weeks, this new process allows design professionals an extra four to six weeks to work on project plans. Elimination of the current bin time also results in significant individual and cumulative cost savings to clients and school districts by avoiding inflationary cost escalations.

Under the previous system, plans delivered to DSA waited for an intake review to ensure the package was complete, and then waited in a queue for approximately four to six weeks until the plans could be reviewed. DSA’s new process maximizes clients’ time because plans may be worked on and developed right until the agreed-upon submittal date.

This process applies to all projects other than those eligible for over-the-counter plan review. DSA will release further information and procedures within the next few weeks. Additionally, DSA will conduct a regional series of stakeholder outreach meetings commencing in fall 2017. We look forward to implementing these improvements with you.

Please direct any questions to

New Material for CASp 101: Certification & Practice Class

New Material for CASp 101: Certification & Practice Class

Now is a great time to enroll in an upcoming CASp 101: Certification and Practice class to learn about recent program changes! The course content was recently updated to reflect changes resulting from recent amendments to the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program regulations and recently chaptered legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 269 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2016). If you completed CASp 101 previously, the class may be repeated for additional continuing education credit.

The learning objectives for the class are as follows:

  • Summarize the history of disability access laws in the US and California.
  • Understand legislation affecting CASp services:
    • SB 262 (Chapter 872, Statutes of 2003)
    • SB 1608 (Chapter 549, Statutes of 2008)
    • SB 1186 (Chapter 383, Statutes of 2012)
    • SB 269 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2016)
  • Understand what is required in providing CRASCA inspection reports.
  • Understand “applicable standards” and state and federal standards for accessibility.
  • Understand Practice Standards for both the independent CASp and the CASp employed or retained by an AHJ.
  • Understand the amended CASp Program Regulations.
  • Understand how to use the CBC and approach CASp examination content.

Detailed information, including available continuing education units, is available on the CASp 101 class description webpage.
Remaining 2016 course offerings include:

  • Sacramento:  Friday, August 5, 2016; 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
  • Riverside:  Friday, August 12, 2016; 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
  • San Diego:  Thursday, November 3, 2016; 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
  • Palo Alto:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016; 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.

Space is limited, so we strongly recommend that you use our online registration system, which allows you to pay for your class fee with a credit card. Registrations sent via regular mail will be processed in the order received by our office. To register, please follow these instructions:

Online registration closes two weeks prior to the class date or when the class reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first. Once online registration is closed, please contact us for class availability.

Please direct any registration questions to Larry Meade at (916) 327-8864

Coming Soon: DSA Access Detail Library

Coming Soon: DSA Access Detail Library

The Division of the State Architect is pleased to announce the upcoming release of an online library of California Building Code (CBC) compliant accessibility details. The details will help to ensure the consistency and code compliance of construction-related accessibility features. As a convenience to design professionals, the details will be provided in AutoCAD format so that designers can modify them as necessary for specific uses.

The initial library of details will be compliant with the 2013 CBC. Details will be added as they are developed, and the library will be updated as future codes become effective. Instructions for accessing the library will be announced in the near future.


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ACIA Symposium Photos

ACIA Symposium Photos

Photo of ACIA Fellows

First Class of ACIA Fellows from left: Edward Takahashi, Andre Simon, Paul Beyl (rear), James Vitale, Mark Niese, David Karina, David Noel, William Davis, Phil Serrantino, Melvin Weidner, Charlie Mims, George Narancic, Jr., Dale LaCasella, Gary Green, Charlie Love, Dennis Dooley. Not shown Sandy Pringle.

Past Presidents Sandy Pringle, David Karina and William Davis.

Past Presidents Sandy Pringle, David Karina and William Davis.

Photo of members of the LA Chapter

Members of the L.A.Basin Chapter enjoy the Luncheon. From left: Lauren Pell, and her Dad, Austen Pell, incoming President, Andre Simon, Gary Voigtsberbger, Dandy Pringle, William Davis.

Photo of Delta King Paddlewheel

Delta King Paddlewheel.

Photo of View from the Delta King river deck.

View from the Delta King river deck.



MR. PAUL MENARD presided over the installation of our 2016 officers at the 56th Annual Symposium Luncheon on November 7, 2015. PAUL MENARD is a Senior Facilities Planner with the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Office of Court Construction and Management (OCCM). The Judicial Branch of California State Government, is currently undertaking a $6.5 billion Courthouse Facilities Program with lease-revenue bond funding. The program comprises 50 projects ranging in cost from $6 million to $634 million in 43 of California’s 58 counties. All new capital projects will achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of Silver. Mr. Menard was President of Paul Menard Associates (PMA), a full service design/build firm. He has been an active and influential member of the architectural and design/build communities since 1979 and holds licenses both as a registered architect and general building contractor. Projects completed by PMA include commercial buildings, office, retail, veterinary, and restaurant tenant improvements, private residences, and multi-family housing. Mr. Menard is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the AIA Central Valley Chapter, and a member of the project review committee of the Smart Growth Leadership Council (a joint program of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and AIA Central Valley Chapter).

The following individuals were installed as 2016 officers for the ACIA: