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Modification and issuance of IR’s affirm Alternative Delivery process in K-14 projects under the Fie

Saturday, December 10, 2016  

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:

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at

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