General. Plans and specifications for any reconstruction or alteration project exceeding $100,000 in cost shall be submitted to DSA for approval in accordance with Section 4-315, except as provided within this section. The cost of work classified as maintenance as defined in Section 4-314 shall not be considered for purposes of this section.
The dollar amounts cited in this section shall be increased on an annual basis, according to an inflationary index governing construction costs that is selected and recognized by DSA. This annually adjusted dollar amount shall be published by DSA and made available to school boards and the public.
School construction projects shall not be subdivided for the purpose of evading the cost limitations of this section.
All new construction work, which is part of a reconstruction or alteration project shall comply with currently effective regulations for design and construction, where not otherwise regulated in this section.
Exception: Fire damage repair may be accomplished utilizing the approved plans and specifications for the original construction work. All regulations and standards in effect at the time of approval shall be complied with except that the testing and inspection requirements of current regulations shall apply to the reconstruction work. Minor modifications to the original approved plans may be made, subject to the approval of DSA, provided that they do not reduce the structural capacity of the building.
All modifications affecting the existing structural elements carrying gravity load shall comply with Section 503.3, Part 10, Title 24, C.C.R.
Where any modifications to an existing school building results in an increase to the seismic or wind forces in, or decrease the capacity or stiffness of, any lateral force-resisting structural component by more than 5 percent cumulative since the original construction, then those affected components shall be made to comply with Section 319.1 or 317.7, Part 10, Title 24, C.C.R and Section 1609A, Part 2, Title 24, C.C.R. Only the affected components need be strengthened unless a rehabilitation is required for the entire building per Section 4-309(c). The capacity of the lateral force-resisting structural component may include past strengthening that was approved and certified by DSA as the basis for the percentage comparison.
Voluntary lateral force-resisting system modifications may be used where permitted in Section 4-309(d).
When the estimated cost of a reconstruction or alteration project exceeds $100,000 but does not exceed $225,000, and a licensed structural engineer determines that the project does not include any work of a structural nature, approval of the project plans and specifications by DSA is not required, provided the following three items are completed:
- The structural engineer shall submit a written statement to DSA, indicating that the project does not contain any work of a structural nature.
- The design professional in general responsible charge of the project shall certify, in writing, that the plans and specifications for the project meet any applicable fire and life-safety standards, and do not specify any work of construction that is regulated by the accessibility standards of Title 24. This certification shall be submitted to DSA, and shall bear the stamp and signature of the design professional.
- Within 10 days of the completion of the project, a DSA certified project inspector shall sign and submit to DSA a verified report on a form prescribed by DSA, indicating that the project was completed in conformance with the plans and specifications.