DSA Project Certification and Closeout
At the end of construction for most public school projects the Division of the State Architect (DSA) has to Close and Certify the file. DSA explains project close out as follows:
Project closeout is the process that DSA uses to determine that the constructed project complies with the codes and regulations governing school construction…After the file is examined, the project file is closed either with certification or without certification.
Currently there are over 16,000 uncertified projects throughout the State of California so it’s not uncommon for every district to have a number of uncertified projects.
However a lack of certification presents two problems. First, DSA will not allow any alterations or modernizations to buildings that have not been certified and closed. Second, project certification is the only way to assure that liability for a facility is transferred from your Board of Education to the State Architect.
What to do About Uncertified Facilities
Often these applications can be closed quickly if the information DSA is requesting can be provided. Our office currently works with a number of Districts throughout the state helping them address their certification and closeout needs.
If your District currently faces any DSA Closeout and Certification issues please contact us at your earliest convenience. We would gladly provide any additional information you need, answer any questions you have, and discuss mitigation strategies with you and your staff.