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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 DSACommunication@dgs.ca.gov

Registration Reminder for the June CASp Exam

Registration Reminder for the June CASp Exam 

For those who are taking, or are planning to take, the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination in June, we would like to remind you that there are only a few days remaining to sign up for the exam. Also, we have an update regarding the Riverside exam location.

The last day to register for the June exam is May 30, 2017. You can register for this exam through your CASp Account Login. Details on the June CASp examination are as follows:

June 28, 2017 – Open and Closed Book Examinations

LOCATIONS

  • SACRAMENTO
    Lions Gate Hotel & Conference Center
    3410 Westover St., McClellan, CA 95652
  • RIVERSIDE — New Location, Limited Availability
    Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown
    3500 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501

OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION

CLOSED BOOK EXAMINATION

  • Check in begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • 90-minute examination.

At the exam locations, space is limited – specifically, the Riverside facility is close to reaching the maximum number of allowed attendees. In the event that the exams reach capacity, please email us at CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov to be added to a waiting list.

More information about the CASp program and examination details are available on the CASp webpage. 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 CASp Program Administration to (916) 322-2490.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) UPDATE CONFERENCES 2017

Save the Date!
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
UPDATE CONFERENCES 2017

Join us for the annual Pacific ADA Update Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The conferences will feature multiple learning tracks and subject matter experts to share recent ADA and state law developments and information.

When & Where
September 18 – 19, 2017 Los Angeles Renaissance Airport Hotel                       
September 21 – 22, 2017 InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco

Registration:  Formal invitation with registration details – coming soon!

Details: The 2017 ADA Update Conferences will feature 18 breakout sessions on ADA topics including:

  •    Accessible Information Technology
  •    Emergency Preparedness
  •    Employment   
  •    Facility Accessibility
  •    Healthcare
  •    Housing
  •    Service Animals
  •    Transportation
Questions about the conferences? Contact Trace Elms at the Pacific ADA Center atplanner@adapacific.org.

DSA Academy – June Accessibility Classes

Division of the State ArchitectDSA Academy – June Accessibility Classes

We are pleased to announce the June DSA Academy accessibility classes! For more information about the class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title below.

We offer a multi-class discount (buy three, get one free) on the accessibility classes if you take the classes as a set. Email DSAAcademy@dgs.ca.gov for information on how to receive one free class.

ACCESSIBILITY

More detailed registration information and instructions are available on the DSA Academy Registration Information webpage.

Please contact DSAAcademy@dgs.ca.gov should you have any questions or issues with the DSA Academy website.

Document Update– Revision of IR on Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling

Division of the State ArchitectDocument Update– Revision of IR on Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling

 

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the revision of the DSA Interpretation of Regulations (IR) on the guidelines for design and installation of metal suspension systems for lay-in ceilings for projects under the jurisdiction of DSA.
 
The information in IR 25-2.13: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling: 2013 CBC has been revised as follows: 

  • Detail 2.35 – Minor spelling correction.
  • Detail 2.60 – Revised note reference for the alternate stabilizer.
  • Detail 3.21 – A maximum allowable length based on kl/r = 300 was inadvertently published for ½ inch and ¾ inch diameter electrical metallic tubes (EMT). The corrected length is based on the allowable capacity.
  • Detail 4.34 – Various revisions were made to clarify the requirements for a wall with a layer of gypsum board vs. and a wall without.      

Please direct any questions to Diane Gould, supervising structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at diane.gould@dgs.ca.gov.

Now Online! List of DSA-Approved, Pre-Check Plans

Division of the State ArchitectNow Online! List of DSA-Approved, Pre-Check Plans

 

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has uploaded a list of DSA-approved, pre-check (PC) plans online for the convenience of school districts and stakeholders. The PC program provides for DSA approval of a manufacturer’s relocatable or modular building design plans that may be incorporated by school districts in preparation of a site-specific project. PC plans on the list also include shade structures, light standards (poles), structures supporting solar components, and other structures.
 
To view the list and more information, please visit the Pre-Check section of the DSA Project Submittal Planning, Scope of Work page on the DSA website.
 
The list includes PC plans that have been approved for the current and the previous code cycles; however, the previous cycle is listed for reference purposes only. Information about the 2013 PC acceptance extension is located in DSA Bulletin 16-03: 2013 Pre-check Extension and Renewals to the 2016 CBC.
 
Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, principal structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.

Green California Summit & Exposition – April 25-27, 2017

Division of the State ArchitectGreen California Summit & Exposition – April 25-27, 2017

Celebrating California Leadership
The 2017 Green California Summit and Exposition comes to the Sacramento Convention Center April 26-27. Discover the strategies, technologies and best practices that are keeping California at the leading edge of environmental protection. The Green Solutions Expo on April 26 will feature 100 companies with green products and services. Pre-summit training on April 25 will include in-depth sessions on Prop 39, zero emission vehicle fleets and building codes.

The keynote sessions featuring Fran Pavley, Green Solutions Expo on April 26, and Leadership Awards reception on April 25 are free.

State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, will present on school sustainability, and Division of the State Architect Principal Architect Ida Clair will present on electric vehicle charging station accessibility at pre-summit events on April 25. If you attend the summit’s free exposition on April 26, be sure to visit the Division of the State Architect’s representative at the Building Standards Commission’s booth to discuss sustainable schools, electric vehicle charging station accessibility, and other general questions!
 
For more information, including registration information, please visit www.green-technology.org or call (626) 577-5700.

May 2017 Accessibility and CASp 101 Classes

May 2017 Accessibility and CASp 101 Classes

 

Dear DSA Partners,

We are pleased to announce added May DSA Academy classes: an access compliance class and a CASp 101 class! For more information about the classes, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title below.
Access Compliance – 2013 & 2016 CBC

  • May 10, 2017 – Palo Alto

CASp 101: Certification and Practice

  • May 19, 2017 – Clovis

Registration Information:
More detailed registration information and instructions are available at:
http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Resources/Registration.aspx

Please contact DSAAcademy@dgs.ca.gov should you have any questions or issues with the DSA Academy website.

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender – New FAQs Document

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender – New FAQs Document

A frequently asked questions (FAQs) supplement to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) bulletin on the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender is now available!
 
BU 17-01-01 Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender: Frequently Asked Questions contains additional information to assist facility operators and design professionals who design facilities under the enforcement jurisdiction of DSA in interpreting the requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 118600.
 
Please direct any questions to Ida Clair, principal architect, at (916) 322-2490 or ida.clair@dgs.ca.gov.