Agreements (Systemwide): Master Enabling Agreements and Job Order Contracts

Systemwide Master Enabling Agreements

Systemwide agreements fall into three categories:

1.  Service Provider Master Enabling Agreements

Various service agreements with governing baseline services are established as Master Enabling Agreements (MEA). Such agreements may only be developed by the CSU Office of the Chancellor; however, they are developed to provide specific services available to all the campuses of the CSU by predetermined providers.

Extra services outside the scope of an MEA may not be authorized by the campus unless the extra service is described within the MEA. Capital Planning, Design and Construction shall be consulted with regard to campus proposed extra services.

These agreements are fully executed, systemwide master enabling agreements. All the terms and conditions, including specific services and fees, are pre-defined. The respective agreements are shown for reference. The signed agreements and the certificates of insurance are maintained on file at the Office of the Chancellor.

To authorize services, execute a Service Order Authorization (SOA) to a Service Provider. When applicable, indicate which rider(s) you are authorizing and calculate/confirm the appropriate fee(s). Service Providers will begin services upon receipt of the SOA.

Microsoft Word files are indicated with “.doc” in the filename. When opened, the Exhibit A document will be fully editable.

2.  Site License Master Enabling Agreeements

These MEAs are established after the completion of an advertised solicitation.  These MEAs select qualified firms to design, install energy improvements on campuses.  In some instances these firms also operate, and maintain energy systems on CSU or auxiliary properties.  The operator recovers their investment in these systems by providing energy services to the CSU for a term of operations. 

There are currently two types of these agreements one for photovoltaic installations and one for battery energy storage installations.  These types of agreements are known in the industry as power purchase agreements.  These MEAs can provide the major building blocks for campuses to create energy resilience through microgrids that can operate a portion of the campus when grid power fails.

3.  Job Order Construction (JOC) Contracts

This is an annual construction contract with a prequalified contractor to accomplish minor capital outlay maintenance, repair or improvement projects by utilizing a construction task catalog for pricing.

The campus will notify the prequalified contractor of a project, solicit and evaluate the proposal response, and may issue a Job Order if acceptable. Each job order is limited to the minor capital project threshold.

Firm Name & LocationSample Service Order Authorization (Rider D) (PDF)Base Agreement (PDF)
CBRE, Inc.
350 Sansome Street, Suite 840
San Francisco, CA 94104
Sample Rider E 20-398
20-398 Amendment 1 (2022)
The Dore Group, Inc.
1010 University Avenue, Suite C207
San Diego, CA 92103
Sample Rider E
20-413 Amendment 1 (2022)
Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory LLC
3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 2200
San Jose, CA 95128
Sample Rider E
20-414 Amendment 1 (2022)
Firm Name & LocationSample Service Order Authorization (Rider E) (PDF) Base Agreement (PDF)
Keyser Marston Associates, Inc.
160 Pacific Avenue, Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 398-3050
Sample Rider E 20-475
20-475 Amendment 1 (2022)
Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc.
5 Park Plaza, Suite 1520
(949) 861-8340
Sample Rider E 20-476
20-476 Amendment 1 (2022)
BAE Urban Economics, Inc.
2600 10th Street, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 547-9380
Sample Rider E 20-477
20-477 Amendment 1 (2022)
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
300 South Grand, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Sample Rider E 
20-474 Amendment 1 (2022)
Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
200 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Sample Rider E
20-473 Amendment 1 (2022)

Firm Name & Location
Environmental Science Associates
2600 Capitol Avenue, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816-5929
(916) 564-4500
Sample Exhibit D 22-654
605 Third Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-5147
Sample Exhibit D 22-653
2040 Bancroft Way, Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-3815
Sample Exhibit D 22-671
Rincon Consultants, Inc.
180 North Ashwood Avenue
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-4455
Sample Exhibit D 22-657
Michael Baker International, Inc.
801 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sample Exhibit D 22-656
ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc.
630 K Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(949) 333-6610
Sample Exhibit D 22-670
Ascent Environmental, Inc.
600 B Street, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101 
(858) 354-4151 

Sample Exhibit D 22-652

Building code review applies to all CSU construction and renovation work as well as maintenance operations.

Building code approval for all CSU projects may be performed directly by the Campus Deputy Building Official (CDBO) or, on their behalf, by any of the authorized plan check firms under systemwide agreements. The plan check firms provide only an opinion and recommendation as to code compliance or failure to comply. The CDBO is responsible to make the official determination for code approval.

The base scope of the Plan Check Review (Rider B-1) is intended for the 95% Construction Documents code compliance review that covers all aspects and disciplines of the project. Supplementary advisory fire code/code assessment review and access compliance code review prior to the 95% Construction Documents reviews are available on a negotiated fee basis as part of Rider B-2 of the Service Order. Additional reviews may be negotiated as part of the Rider B-2 of the MEA.

Firm Name & Location Review Scope Exhibit C (Service Order Authorization) (.doc) Agreement (.pdf)
Bureau Veritas
180 Promenade Cir., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA
(916) 725-4200

Craig Baptista
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment
Hayer Consultants, Inc.
5230 Clark Ave., Suite 22
Lakewood, CA 90712

Mandhir Hayer
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 22-677.C 22-677
m6 Consulting
4165 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 355
Westlake Village, CA
(805) 379-1015

Masoud Mahmoud
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 22-641.C 22-641

TRB and Associates, Inc.
3180 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 216
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 866-2633

Todd Bailey
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 22-676.C
True North Compliance Services Inc.
3939 Atlantic Ave., #224
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 733-8030

Isam Hasenin
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 22-675.C 22-675
SMR Associates
1495 Pacific Highway, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 294-6600

Mehdi Rashti
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 22-674.C 22-674
West Coast Code Consultants
5000 Executive Parkway, Suite 510
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 275-1700

Donald Zhao
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment
22-642.C 22-642
Willdan Engineering
2401 E. Katella Ave., Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92806
(916) 924-7000 

Patrick Johnson
(916) 662-0634
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment

A seismic assessment is required for all projects according to Board of Trustees’ policy.

For Major Capital Projects, an outside seismic peer review is required by the specific peer reviewer or his/her designee assigned to each campus.

Minor Capital Projects may be submitted for peer review, or may be reviewed and approved administratively by the campus, at the discretion of the Campus Deputy Building Official. This is discussed more fully in Section 3.7, Peer Review for Small Projects, of the CSU Seismic Policy. Seismic Peer Reviewers are assigned to individual campuses of the CSU.  

All peer reviews for the indicated campuses or their off-campus locations are to be performed by the named individuals or their designees. Contact CPDC for determination of applicability for unlisted locations.   

Peer reviews of investigations that are undertaken specifically to investigate the occurrence of geologic and geotechnical seismic hazards (e.g., faulting, liquefaction, land sliding) must be conducted by the Systemwide - Geotechnical the peer reviewer.

Firm Name & Location

Location Assignment

Service Order Authorization (Exhibit C)Base Agreement (PDF)
San Francisco, CA
(509) 529-5350

Charles Thiel, Jr., Ph.D.
  • San Francisco State University
180446.C 21-489
Englekirk Institutional
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 733-6673

Thomas Sabol, Ph.D., S.E.
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
180439.C 21-483
Estructure, Inc.
Oakland, CA
(510) 235-3116

Maryann Phipps, S.E.
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Sonoma State University
180487.C 21-484
John Egan
Danville, CA
(925) 785-2681

John Egan, P.E., G.E.
  • Systemwide - Geotechnical
180442.C 21-485
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 483-6490

John A. (Trailer) Martin, Jr., S.E
  • Office of the Chancellor 
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • San Diego State University
180441.C 21-486
Richard Niewiarowski
Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 937-0417

Richard Niewiarowski, S.E.

  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Stanislaus 
  • San José State University
180443.C 21-487
Laguna Hills, CA
(949) 595-8182

K. Dirk Bondy, S.E.
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • California State University San Marcos
180444.C 21-488

A Mechanical Systems Review (MSR) is required for all major capital projects, both state- and non-state-funded, within the CSU system.  Separate Electrical Systems Review (ESR) is highly encouraged, but not required.  Inclusion of a generator, battery storage, or use of project facility for essential functions of the university during an emergency may contribute to inclusion of ESR.

Campuses may select any Mechanical Review Board (MRB) member to perform the project MSR and/or ESR. While the MSR is provided as an advisory to the campus, MSR letters of concurrence are required during the schematic and the construction document phases of the design. To gain full benefit of this review, campuses are encouraged to consider the campus-selected MRB reviewer as an extension of their staff.

Mechanical System Review - Frequently Asked Questions

MemberExhibit ‘B’- Service Order and Authorization to Proceed [Mechanical] [Electrical] Systems Review Base Agreement (PDF)
Jairam (Jai) Agaram, P.E.
Digital Energy, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 374-1777
Exhibit B
22-546 Amendment 1 (2023)
Steve Straus, P.E.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 398-7667
Exhibit B
22-545 Amendment 1 (2023)
Kent Peterson, P.E.
P2S, Inc.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 497-2999
Exhibit B
22-543 Amendment 1 (2023)
Steve Taylor, P.E.
Taylor Engineering
Alameda, CA
(510) 749-9135
Exhibit B
22-540 Amendment 1 (2023)
Krista Murphy, P.E.
Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 764-3700
Exhibit B

Building commissioning is required for all new construction over 10,000 square feet, according to the California Building Code. By policy, the California State University expands this requirement to include new and renovation construction of $3,000,000 or greater in construction costs.

Campuses are encouraged to coordinate commissioning policy requirements with Capital Planning Design and Construction (CPDC) planners at the Office of the Chancellor at the onset of each project.

Systemwide Commissioning (Cx) and Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) Master Enabling Agreements have been executed to support CSU commissioning efforts. Campuses may contract with any of the listed MEA firms through their respective MEA agreements.

Campuses will continue to have the option to select either providers from the MEA listing or enter into contracts via Service Agreement with any other qualified firm. When entering into individual Service Agreements outside of the MEA, it is recommended that the Cx and MBCx scopes shown in the base MEA agreements be used for consistency. Contact CPDC’s department of Energy, Sustainability and Transportation for more information.

​Firm Name & Location
Prequalified Commissioning Services
Exhibit B
Base Agreement
950 Glenn Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 496-8400
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-672
Affiliated Engineers
300 California St., 6th Flr
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 764-3700
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-648
2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 810
San Diego, CA 92103
(858) 638-0600
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-659
Digital Energy, Inc.
555 Marin Street, Suite 230
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 374-1777
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-647
150 California St., 3rd Flr
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 398-7667
Cx 22-646
Guttman & Blaevoet
1620 Montgomery St., #230
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 655-4000
Cx, RCx, MBCx 23-701
kW Engineering
207 E Broadway Suite 201
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 439-1600
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-660
98 Battery St., Suite 5001
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 432-8100
Cx 22-679
2540 Frontier Ave., Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 459-7405
Cx, RCx 23-702
163 Technology Dr, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 310-2911
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-673
P2S Engineering, Inc.
5000 E Spring St 8th floor
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 497-2999
Cx, MBCx 22-649
SC Engineers
17075 Via Del Campo First Fl.
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 946-0333
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-680
4480 Main St., Suite B
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 405-8195
Cx, RCx, MBCx 22-658
26 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Cx, MBCx 22-678
32 Executive Park, Suite 140
Irvine, CA 92614
(844) 536-7693

Proper stewardship of the CSU’s facilities requires knowledge of the various components in each building to determine which repairs or modifications may be necessary to restore the systems and building to an acceptable condition and to provide for long-range facility renewal planning.

A Facilities Condition Assessment will provide this information by inspecting each of the discrete building categories. This includes an evaluation of several building systems, including but not limited to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; structural and architectural components; vertical transportation systems; access compliance; and utilities as they relate to each asset in the inspection.

A Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) Master Enabling Agreement has been executed with a pre-qualified firm. Campuses may contract with this firm through the agreement provided below to provide Facility Condition Assessment services. Terms and conditions, including specific fees, have been pre-established in this agreement.

Firm Name & Location
Ms. Heather Gee
ISES Corporation
3100 Breckinridge Blvd, Suite 400
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 879-7376


The values below are provided for reference only. They reflect Agency/MEA Agreement amounts or aggressive generic estimates. 2-7 Budget amounts include reserves and will indicate higher amounts.

2016 CSU Project Review Fee Reference Sheet (PDF)

  • Special Small Project review fee for Plan Check may apply. Check MEA agreement and provider for applicability.
  • CSU Independent Plan Check fees per MEA. A standard review includes access compliance, fire, structural and all aspects of the California Code of Regulations Title 24 review.
  • DSA Agency Review Fees Per DSA Online Fee Calculator. Verify the current DSA Fees.
  • CASp reviews may be provided in-house or procured on a negotiated fee basis. Fees indicated are generic guidelines only.
  • State Fire Marshal (SFM) services are provided at an hourly rate ($237.39 per hour in 2016). SFM fees indicated are ideal case approximations.

Although there is no MEA established, a shortlist of prequalified project management firms that have been competitively proposed and qualitatively scored by a committee are identified below. Campuses are free to directly establish contracts with any of these firms. A combined Job Order Contracting rate schedule is also provided for reference although the services provided are not limited to JOC.

FIRMS: (for CSU staff, login required)

Vendor Product/Service Store Category Agreement # CSU Contact Term Begin Term End
C Below, Inc.Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public Works
CN0000693 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
PDM GEL Solutions, Inc.Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public WorksCN00000694 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public WorksPublic WorksCN0000692 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
Vendor Product/Service Store Category Agreement # CSU Contact For Auxiliary Use Term Begin Term End
EcoVox, Inc. Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150254 Verna Ale Paniani
No 11/19/2015 11/19/2018
EnergyCAP, Inc. Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150255 Verna Ale Paniani No 11/19/2015 11/19/2018
EnernocProvide Energy Info System services Public Works150192 Verna Ale Paniani 9/21/2015 9/21/2018
Siemens Industry Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150501 Verna Ale Paniani 9/21/2015 9/21/2018
Contracted Service Provider MEA Base Agreement
EDF Renewable Energy
15445 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

Michael Robinson | michael.robinson@edf-re.com
160636 Amendment (2022)
Engie (formerly Opterra)
500 12th Street Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607

Anthony Lumino | anthony.lumino@engie.com
100 Montgomery St, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94104

Brian Taylor | Btaylor@forefrontpower.com
180134 Amendment (2022)
General Electric International, Inc.
2700 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583

Eric Pollack | eric.pollock@ge.com
SitelogIQ (Formerly Indoor Environmental Services - IES)
1512 Silica Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95815

Desiree Haus| desiree.haus@sitelogiq.com
180124 Amendment (2022)
REC Solar Commercial Corporation
3450 Broad Street, Suite 105
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Alex Crown | acrown@recsolar.com
Stronghold Engineering, Inc.
2000 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Nam Le | nam@permacity.com
Cory Vaughn | cory@lambenergy.com
1414 Harbour Way
South Richmond, CA 94804

Nathan Griset | nathan.griset@sunpower.com
285 Bel Marin Keys Blvd Suite J
Novato, CA 94949

Chris Bunas | cbunas@sunterrasolar.com
180125 Amendment (2022)
Solar IV Master Enabling Agreement

*More information on the Solar IV and Battery Storage
program is available here.
Contracted Service Provider

MEA Base Agreement
EDF Renewables
15445 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

Michael Robinson | Michael.Robinson@edf-re.com
180565 Amendment (2022)

100 Montgomery St, Suite 725
San Francisco, CA 94104

Brian Taylor | Btaylor@forefrontpower.com
180567 Amendment (2022)
Sunpower Corporation
1414 Harbour Way
South Richmond, CA 94804

Nathan Griset | nathan.griset@sunpower.com
Battery Energy Storage Master Enabling Agreement Template
MEA Template

Job Order Contracts allow the CSU to put immediately-available contractors in place on a substantial number of projects with one competitively bid contract. There are several different JOCs established to perform general and specific types of work. Additionally, in support of the JOC, we’ve included a list of Construction Management Firms who are prequalified to provide construction management services.

The Job Order Contracting (JOC) pre-bid presentation slides are made available to illustrate the JOC concept, required bid documents and information on how to read and evaluate the Construction Task Catalog (Unit Pricing). A contractor who has never bid a JOC is strongly recommended to view the pre-bid presentation.

11 Northern California State University Campuses:
(Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Maritime, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, and Stanislaus)

11 Southern California State University Campuses and the Office of the Chancellor:
(Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Marcos and Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach)

Use the following links to view Prequalified CM Firms and Job Order Contract Agreements (For CSU staff, login required)

Visit the Gordian site to learn more about the CSU JOC program or use the following link to view the Gordian Group - CSU Immediate Response - Big Note (For CSU staff, login required)

Firm Name & Location
MEA Base Agreement
Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
617 W. 7th Street, Suite 1103
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Arup US, Inc.
560 Mission St #700
San Francisco, CA 94105
Evan Brooks Associates, Inc.
750 E. Green Street, Suite 301
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fehr & Peers
100 Pringle Ave, Suite 600
Walnut, CA 94596
3916 Normal Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc.
2 Bryant St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105

Bluebeam Revu is a software solution that has become one of the most widely used products by Owners, Architects, Engineers, and Construction professionals to streamline their daily digital workflows. Bluebeam will be required for future DSA submittals. Bluebeam Revu and the cloud-based collaboration platform, Bluebeam Studio, serve as essential workflow solutions that connect all projects and teams, increasing productivity to save time and money. 

  • Streamline daily workflows and administrative tasks 
  • Create, store, manage, and access digital documents 
  • Collaborate in real time with project teams all over the world 
  • Assist Facilities and Planning teams to manage assets and plan projects
Firm Name & Location
Agreement Documents
Bluebeam, Inc.
443 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

The CSU Chancellor’s Office, Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) has elicited proposals from Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUM) firms to provide various Underground Utility Mapping and Investigation Services to all CSU Campuses via the execution of System Wide Master Enabling Service Agreements (MEA). Services included in the agreements include, but are not limited to compiling/coordinating existing utility documents, investigation of site conditions, technology based underground detection, potholing/excavation, and development of 2D/3D deliverable documents. To initiate and utilize the MEAs, refer to the steps below and feel free to contact Construction Management for additional assistance: 

  1. Identify need for services 
  2. Review the posted proposal and webcast videos to determine which service provider appears to be a best fit for the project 
  3. Contact the preferred service provider to ensure they have availability and coverage for the project 
  4. Coordinate with the service provider to define the following: 
    1. Project specific scope of services 
    2. Quality level required 
    3. Specific deliverables 
    4. Schedule 
    5. Cost structure 
  5. Campus to execute project specific Service Order within the parameters of the MEA Rider A, General Provisions and Exhibit C, Service Provider Rate Schedule 
  6. Ensure not to allow clarifications that contradict or exclude items in Rider A and/or approve rates in excess of the rate schedule.
Firm Name & Location
MEA Base Agreement


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
20401 S.W. Birch St.
Newport Beach, CA 92660 

C-Below, Inc.
14280 Euclid Ave.
Chino, CA 91710