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4-341 Duties of the Architect, Structural Engineer or Professional Engineer
  1. General. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge is responsible to the school board and to DSA to see that the completed work conforms in every material respect to these regulations and to the approved plans and specifications. (See Section 4-316.) The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge may, if so authorized, act as agent for the school board in completing and submitting the application for approval of plans and specifications to DSA. (See Section 4-315.)
    The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge in no way is relieved of any responsibility by the activities of DSA in the performance of its duties.
  2. General responsible charge. The architect, structural engineer or professional engineer in general responsible charge shall advise the school board in regard to filing of the application for approval of plans, the selection of an inspector and the selection of a testing laboratory. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall prepare plans, specifications, design calculations and other data and shall prepare addenda and construction change documents authorized by the school board and as required by conditions on the project.
    The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall make, or cause to be made, the corrections required on the various documents to comply with the requirements of these regulations. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall perform general observation of the work of construction, interpret the approved drawings and specifications and shall provide the project inspector and testing facility with a complete set of stamped plans, specifications, addenda and construction change documents prior to the start of construction.
    In general, DSA directs all technical correspondence to the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge of the project.
  3. Delegated responsibility. An architect or registered engineer to whom responsibility has been delegated shall, under the general direction of the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, prepare plans, specifications, calculations and other data, and make corrections on these documents as required to comply with these regulations. Such architect or registered engineer shall consult with the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge in the preparation of addenda, deferred submittals and construction change documents and the selection of inspectors and the testing facility. The architect or registered engineer to whom responsibility has been delegated shall provide evidence of his or her responsibility for the documents, which affect his or her portion of the work and are presented to DSA for approval, by his or her stamp and signature thereon.
  4. Approval of inspectors. The school district or architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall obtain DSA approval for a project inspector, assistant inspector, and a replacement inspector, if any, prior to commencement or continuation of construction work, as applicable, in accordance with the project inspector approval process specified by DSA. The following shall be submitted to DSA:
    1. The name of the person proposed as project inspector of the work, together with an outline of his or her experience and pertinent qualifications on a form prescribed by DSA, in accordance with the project inspector approval process specified by DSA.
      DSA inspector approval is contingent upon the inspector providing adequate time to satisfy continuous inspection requirements per 4-342(b)1. The proposed project inspector's concurrent workload shall be included in the inspector's submittal forms for project approval. If DSA determines the inspector's cumulative workload appears excessive and may hinder continuous inspection required per Section 4-342(b)1, DSA may require the inspector to justify that sufficient time will be spent on the project.
    2. The name of any proposed assistant inspector together with an outline of his or her experience and pertinent qualifications on a form prescribed by DSA, in accordance with the project inspector approval process specified by DSA.
    3. The name of any special inspector to be used, in accordance with Section 4-335(f)1(B).
    4. When a replacement project inspector is retained, the name of the person proposed as the new project inspector, together with an outline of his or her experience and pertinent qualifications on a form prescribed by DSA.
      The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall provide general direction of the work of the project inspector and shall immediately notify the school board and DSA in writing if the project inspector is found to be unable or unwilling to perform such duties properly. This notification shall include a statement as to whether the architect or engineer is recommending that the school board terminate the inspector's employment. rior to termination, the school district shall confer with DSA and provide the basis for the termination, and the architect or structural engineer in general responsible charge shall obtain DSA approval of a replacement project inspector. No work on the project may proceed until a new project inspector has been approved by DSA. Upon completion of a terminating verified report, the inspector's duties and responsibilities for the project are ended.
      In view of the architect or engineer's responsibilities for directing the activities of the inspector, such architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall review and evaluate the inspector's qualifications before recommending the approval of the inspector to DSA.
  5. Report of contract. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge or the school board shall report contract information and time of starting work to DSA. (See Section 4-331.)
  6. Architect or engineer verified reports. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge and all architects and registered engineers delegated responsibility for observation of the work of construction shall observe the work of construction of his or her portion of the project; when delegated, consult with the design professional in general responsible charge in the interpretation of the approved drawings and specifications; and shall maintain such personal contact with the project as is necessary to assure themselves of compliance in every material respect with the approved plans and specifications. Personal contact shall include visits to the project site by the architect, engineer or their qualified representative to observe the construction. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge and each architect or engineer delegated responsibility for observations of the work of construction shall submit verified reports to DSA and provide a copy to the project inspector as required by Section 4-336. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall also require that verified reports from the project inspector, special inspectors, testing facility, the geotechnical engineer, contractors and the other architects and engineers are submitted as required.
  7. Structural tests and special inspection program. The architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall establish the extent of the structural tests and special inspection program consistent with the needs of the particular project (see Section 4-335) and shall issue specific instructions to the testing facility and special inspectors prior to start of construction. He or she shall also notify DSA as to the disposition of materials noted on laboratory testing, and/or special inspection, reports as not conforming to the DSA approved documents.
Authority: Education Code Sections 17310 and 81142.
Reference: Education Code Sections 17302, 17309, 17310, 81138, 81141 and 81142.
  1. (OSA/SS 1/92) Regular order by the Office of the State Architect/Structural Safety Section to amend Section 4-341, Part 1, Title 24, C.C.R. Filed with the Secretary of State on December 15, 1992; effective July 1, 1993. Approved by the California Building Standards Commission on December 9, 1992.
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