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By DGS Public Affairs on 1/25/2013 9:01 AM
photo of disabled access signThe Department of General Services’ (DGS) Division of the State Architect has announced the adoption of updated accessibility standards for the 2013 California Building Code that—for the first time ever—align existing California and federal access regulations for everything ranging from parking spaces and hand rails to housing. The result is a single set of requirements which meet both state and federal accessibility requirements and enhance accessibility for all Californians. The Division of the State Architect develops and maintains accessibility and historical buildings standards and codes utilized in public and private buildings throughout California. In addition, the group also has oversight responsibility for design and construction of K-12 schools and community colleges. “Adoption of the 2013 California Building...
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/26/2012 8:38 AM
photo of Chet Widom, State ArchitectState Architect Chet Widom has announced the creation of the “State Architect’s Corner” Web page to keep school districts and other school construction stakeholders continually informed about important initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is developing and implementing.

  • “We are developing innovative solutions that will streamline processes and improve communication to better serve our clients and establish DSA as a trusted advisor to the community and the state,” says Widom.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/2/2012 6:47 AM

photo of plan reviewersAs it prepares the update of California’s accessibility codes, the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) is seeking input and comments from accessibility stakeholders, interested parties and the general public through a series of Access Code Forums to be held in May, June and July of 2012.

Read more about the DSA Access Code Forums

By DGS Public Affairs on 4/13/2012 5:53 AM
solar pv panelsOn April 26, California State Architect, Chester A. Widom, FAIA, will be speaking at the Green California Summit & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center about the rising interest in the installation of solar photovoltaic power systems at California public schools and community colleges.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 7:09 AM
Chet Widom photoOn December 6, 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Chester “Chet” Widom as California State Architect.  Widom was sworn-in on December 19, 2011. DGS released the following statement from Mr. Widom who is charged with overseeing the Division of the State Architect within the Department of General Services.