The CSU makes professional appointments on the basis of demonstrated competence and professional qualifications. Professional appointments are made at the campus level.
As with any client, assuming a well-executed effort, past experience is a plus; however a firm with no higher education experience, but with demonstrated success in projects of similar size and complexity, should be readily able to make a compelling argument for serious consideration.
Campus capital projects come about from expressed campus need. This need is validated based on various entitlement formulas that are related to campus physical capacity and campus projected demand growth. A project feasibility study is often commissioned early on by the campus to help analyze need and justification for a particular project.
Once the internal decision to develop a project is made, a campus will convene a three- to nine-member interview panel to make an appointment recommendation. The panel may include various “user” representatives, but building technical representatives will represent a majority position.
The interview panel will use the Systemwide Prequalified List to develop an invitational RFQ listing of approximately 12 to 15 firms for initial consideration. In making their initial searches from the prequalified list, experience self-rankings will be considered, along with the size and location of prospective firms. At this point, firms that have expressed specific advance interest on the project to the campus will also be considered. Non-public factors, including firm reputation, recent past performance and peer references, are heavily weighted.
From the initial RFQ solicitation, a short list of four or five responding firms is selected for interview. The assumption is that any firm on the short list is technically capable of performing the work.
At this point in the process, it becomes a subjective evaluation confirming RFQ information and seeking the best fit based on interview performance. At the conclusion of the interviews, firms are ranked and the highest-ranked firm is nominated for the commission. A confirming reference check is conducted and, assuming a positive outcome, an agreement is proffered and executed and work begins.
The appointment of supporting consultants and appointments for minor capital outlay projects may abbreviate some steps, but the process generally occurs along the same lines.
CSU Board of Trustees policy requires all architectural firms seeking commissions on major capital outlay projects to be prequalified. The CSU Office of the Chancellor has established an annual prequalification process that fulfills this requirement.
If you have questions, please contact
Karisa Katsuki, (562) 951-4106.
To begin your application for the 2021-22 year, please follow these steps:
Save the file as a WORD.docx using your FIRMNAME_CITY.docx
(do not use the current generic filename with date). For example, if your firm name is ABC Construction and you are filling out the application for your Los Angeles location, the filename would be ABC Construction_Los Angeles.docx.
Your application will be reviewed and, if approved, will be added to the database. Following approval, the answers you submitted will automatically populate the searchable database. Any errors in your application could affect the ability of your company to be found.
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