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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.

STA Upcoming Event: Environments As We Age

Environments As We Age

An overview of design considerations which can easily be addressed now to not only allow us to age in place later but also have others visit us whether they have issues concerning accessibility or aging

DATE: March 22, 2017
ORGANIZER: AIA Long Beach/ South Bay
LOCATION: P2S Engineering is at 5000 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815
 

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.

U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Meeting

When: October 27, 2016, 8am – 12 pm MST Where: Arizona State University, Old Main Building, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

MEETING SUMMARY: EPA will be hosting a public meeting to receive public input and comments on EPA’s draft Algae Guidance for the Preparation of TSCA Biotechnology Submissions (Algae Guidance) in Tempe, AZ on October 27, 2016. The draft Algae Guidance describes EPA’s data needs to support risk assessments of genetically engineered algae and cyanobacteria that are manufactured, imported, or processed, and are subject to regulations under section 5 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA encourages all members of the public interested in participating in this meeting to register to attend. Due to space limitations, the Agency anticipates that approximately 120 people will be able to attend the meeting in person, with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For registrants not able to attend in person, Web connect and teleconference capabilities will also be provided.

For further information please visit:

https://www.epa.gov/reviewing-new-chemicals-under-toxic-substances-control-act-tsca/announcing-second-public-meeting-and

Copy and past the link to your url.

Technical contact:

Carolina Peñalva-Arana, PhD

Risk Assessment Division

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

Environmental Protection Agency

email address: penalva-arana.carolina@epa.gov

Free Webinar on “Building Codes – Why They Matter”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Registration Cost: Free
2,000 registrations maximum

To register for the webinar, click here.

Purpose. Building codes are regulations governing design, construction, alteration, and maintenance of structures, and are the foundation for community resilience. This webinar will provide an overview of the building code pertaining to earthquake effects on buildings and underline the importance of code adoption and enforcement.

Intended Audience. This webinar is intended for a non-technical audience, and in particular, decision makers, such as city officials. Engineers and building professionals who are interested in communicating the importance of building codes to decision-makers may also find this webinar useful.

griffinWebinar Presenter: Michael J. Griffin, P.E. is a Principal and Partner at CCS Group, Inc. in Chesterfield, Missouri. Griffin has over thirty years of extensive experience in the assessment of natural hazards—earthquake and high wind, for structures and nonstructural components, equipment, and systems. Griffin routinely provides training and education sessions to engineers, management personnel, and students in natural hazards and risk assessments. He holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine and is registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in seven states.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Each participant of this webinar will receive a certificate in PDF format documenting 1.5 PDHs. Each additional participant sharing the registrant’s computer may request PDH documentation following the webinar.

Registration Information. The webinar is funded by the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP*) and is limited to 2,000 registrations. To register, click here

About *NETAP. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed NETAP as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public through State, local, or tribal government entities, to increase their knowledge and ability to analyze their risk, make a plan, and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience.

Webinar Handout. The following webinar handout is available for immediate download:

Building Code Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

2016 ATC Webinar Program. To view upcoming scheduled and tentative webinars being planned, please click here

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DSA Academy – Accessibility Classes in September

Just a reminder that the DSA Academy is offering Accessibility classes in September in San Diego and Palo Alto! For more information about each class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title.

Access Compliance (2013 and 2016 California Building Code [CBC])

  • September 13, 2016 – San Diego

Plan Review – Accessibility (2013 CBC)

  • September 14, 2016 – San Diego

Accessible Public Housing Regulations, Standards and Guidelines

  • September 15, 2016 – San Diego
  • September 26, 2016 – Palo Alto

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

  • September 16, 2016 – San Diego
  • September 28, 2016 – Palo Alto

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:

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

If you would like to take all four San Diego Accessibility classes (September 13-16), the fourth class is free! Please contact Larry Meade before registering, if you are choosing this option.

Please direct any registration questions to Larry Meade at (916) 327-8864 orLaurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.

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 orLaurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.

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.

http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/progAccess/accessmanual.aspx