DSA Certification and Closeout ProceduresContributor: Swinerton Blogger | October 04, 2016
Learning institutions throughout California have a number of Division of the State Architect (DSA) projects that have never been properly closedout and certified. In the past 3–5 years, the Community Colleges State Chancellors Office has distributed lists showing the hundreds of DSA projects that have not been properly closed out.
In an attempt to give institutions incentive to close-out legacy projects, the DSA is not approving any new projects in buildings that were not previously closed out properly. This has resulted in architects and institutions often being surprised when they submit new projects to the DSA for approval and receive a rejected application.
To help streamline this process, the DSA has created a department called the A1 Close-out team. This group deals specifically with older DSA projects and assists in the process of certification and closeout. Closing out a legacy project can be a challenge that increases exponentially the older the project is. For example, locating documentation the DSA needs to closeout a project can be difficult if those who were involved are no longer with the company; the new DSA Certification Box is a step in the right direction.
For more information on the certification and closeout process for legacy projects, visit: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx