CPDC Architecture & Engineering

Coping with Delays in DSA Access Reviews

CSU offers the following strategies and recommendations to facilitate more timely access compliance approvals.

  • CSU Minor Capital Projects: DSA reviews for small projects can easily last many times longer than the proposed construction work itself.

    As a work-around, Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) sanctions the following: campuses on minor capital projects shall submit all construction projects to DSA for review, once submitted and with concurrence of the CDBO the campus may then proceed AT RISK with the work in advance of DSA approval. Upon DSA approval the campus is obligated to revise any work completed to comply with belated DSA approved documents. Clearly, it is important to ensure that the campus access compliance measures are correct if this route is chosen. The CDBO is required to confirm that construction work is consistent with the DSA approved documents as a condition of issuing a final Acceptance Certificate. Supplemental Certificates append the original Certificate of Occupancy for a facility.

  • CSU Major Capital Projects: CPDC Chancellor’s Office will authorize an Approval to Proceed to Bid in advance of a completed DSA review if:
    • DSA submittal was made in a timely manner,
    • An appropriate schedule buffer was included in the project schedule,
    • A CSU Access Compliance review was performed, and
    • The plans to be bid contain ALL the corrections from the CSU AC review.

  • Such approvals are given on the condition that the CDBO confirm the completeness of the work is consistent with the documents that DSA eventually approves including, without limit, whatever rework is necessary.

  • Small Projects and DSA: See Coping with Delays in DSA Access Reviews, CSU Minor Capital Projects.