Protecting Schools from Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards
During the recent South Napa Earthquake on August 24, 2014, public schools performed very well with little structural damage resulting to school buildings. However, several structures did experience limited nonstructural damage to architectural, mechanical and electrical features including suspended ceilings, light fixtures, and cabinets and shelves. This earthquake serves as a reminder of the potential safety hazards that can occur from nonstructural features improperly attached to the structure. DSA advises school districts to take the opportunity to review the Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools (PDF - 454 KB) and assess school buildings to reduce potential safety hazards from nonstructural elements. This document was jointly produced by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of General Services – Division of the State Architect, the Seismic Safety Commission, and the Department of Education.
New DSA Certification Process Begins August 1, 2014
The California Division of the State Architect eliminates the 90-day closing letter and introduces a new certification process on August 1, 2014. Read the full story here:
California DSA Announces Easy Access to Uncertified Project Files
California’s school districts, community colleges, and design professionals requested an innovative, convenient, user-friendly process to view a list of outstanding forms, fees, and design documents required by the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) office. Today, DSA announces the implementation of DSA Certification Box: a cloud-based solution that saves time, increases communication, and helps partners to resolve uncertified projects. DSA Certification Box allows everyone to view uncertified project files, sorted by district, campus, and project. This will streamline the process of submitting required information that ensures compliance with all state codes, policies, and procedures.
Our Key Services
The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight
for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The Division also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout the State of California.
For information on DSA's secure cloud-based collaborative solution, see the DSAbox.com Information Web page. For step-by-step instructions on using DSAbox, see the DSAbox External Library.
Changes to the Construction Oversight Process
The DSA is implementing significant changes to the Construction Oversight Process. These changes are designed to streamline the DSA construction phase process and to ensure that projects are certified at the completion of construction. Effective June 1, 2013, the DSA will utilize an Inspection Card Process similar to that used by virtually every building department throughout the State.
The State Architect's Corner
See the State Architect's Corner Web page for a letter to our Stakeholders, sharing initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect has underway and is planning to implement.