Reported by James Lai, F. SEAOC, Member of the Alternate Delivery Task Force
The DSA Field Act was written in a time when almost all construction of California schools and community colleges was achieved by the traditional design-bid-build process with a single contract awarded to the low bid general contractor. In coping with increase budgetary and schedule constraints, many school districts option to follow the more common alternate delivery methods similar to hospital projects under OSPHD.
The modification of IR’s A-3, A-23, A-24 and issuance of A-33 cumulate over four years of effort and follow up of a Task Force appointed by the State Architect. The statutory role of design professionals is affirmed under the code when engaged in alternate delivery methods outside of the traditional process.
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:
- Design-Build and Lease-Leaseback Alternative Project Delivery Methods (IR A-33) is a new IR which clarifies DSA procedures for ensuring compliance with the Education Code and the California Administrative Code when clients utilize Design-Build or Lease-Leaseback alternative project delivery methods.
- Construction Management Services for Public School Projects (IR A-3)has been revised in its entirety to provide information relating to alternate construction delivery methods utilizing a Construction Manager (CM), Construction Manager Multiple Prime (CMMP) or Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR).
- Construction Cost Reporting and DSA Fees (IR A-23) has been revised to provide additional information clarifying cost reporting requirements associated with the use of alternative project delivery methods and various construction and program managers.
- Construction Phase Duties of the School District, Contractor, and Design Professional (IR A-24) has been revised to provide additional information clarifying design professional administrative duties, elimination of references to recently deleted IRs, and adding references to applicable IRs.
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