School Construction Law:

In Brief

Lozano School Construction update

Lozano Smith recently posted this video on YouTube, covering changes in California school construction law.  Do you need to watch it?  Unless you are directly managing school district facilities and construction, probably not.  But school finance leaders do need to be aware of new laws that affect their direct reports.  So to save you and hour, here’s what the video covers:

  • Mandatory prequalification (goes into effect January 1, 2014)
  • Changes to Department of State Architect (DSA) oversight, effective June 1, 2013
  • Recent bill that impacts the bidding process (goes into effect July 1, 2014)

Prequalification (4:00)

Prequalifying contractors is now mandatory if:

  • The school district average daily attendance (ADA) is greater than 2,500
  • The project is State Bond funded (in whole or in part)
  • The estimated project cost is over $1 million

The video provides detailed requirements of the prequalification process.

DSA Oversight (34:55)

New legislation increases the level of scrutiny for K-12 and community college projects.  Why?  Because a high percentage of closed projects are currently not properly closed-out with the Department of State Architect.  The inspector of record must use a DSA-issued project inspection card.  Inspector must track and sign off on various project milestones.

Bidding Changes (53:12)

When a general contractor lists their subcontractors in a bid, in most circumstances they must also list the subcontractor’s valid license number.

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