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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

PART 5.5. DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES [14600 - 14985.11]

  ( Part 5.5 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371. )

CHAPTER 10. State Architect [14950 - 14964]
  ( Chapter 10 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371. )

14950.
  

There is in the Department of General Services a State Architect who shall report directly to the director. He or she shall be appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate for a term of four years commencing with January 15 next following the general election at which a Governor is elected, and he or she shall hold office until appointment and qualification of his or her successor or until 150 days shall have elapsed since the expiration of the term for which he or she was appointed, whichever first occurs; but he or she may be dismissed by the Governor, with or without cause, at any time. The Governor may fill any vacancy in the Office of State Architect for the unexpired portion of the term, but the appointment shall be subject to approval of the Senate at the next regular session of the Legislature.

No person shall be eligible for the Office of State Architect who has not, for a period of five years next preceding his or her appointment, held a certificate to practice architecture in California issued by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners.

The State Architect shall not engage in the private practice of architecture or in a managing capacity in any private business or enterprise. The salary of the State Architect shall be as provided by Article 1 (commencing with Section 11550) of Chapter 6 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 865, Sec. 3.)

14951.
  

The Department of General Services shall succeed to the powers, duties, and functions with respect to architectural services previously vested in the Division of Architecture or the State Architect of the Department of Public Works.

The State Architect has general charge, under the Department of General Services, of the erection of all state buildings and shall have an inspector assigned to each building during its construction.

It shall be the policy of the state that one of the prime considerations in the design of state buildings shall be the conservation of energy resources needed to heat, cool, and light these buildings; along with usefulness, environmental quality, aesthetic effect, and all matters relating to fire protection and fire safety.

In determining the requirements necessary to comply with this policy, the owning and operating costs for the anticipated life of the building shall be used rather than initial cost only.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 865, Sec. 4.)

14952.
  

The department shall contract with qualified architects and engineers for the performance of work when it is determined by the Director of General Services, with the approval of the Director of Finance, that the obtainable staff is unable to perform the particular work within the time the public interest requires such work to be done.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)

14953.
  

The cost of all architectural services performed by the department for a state agency, which is supported otherwise than by appropriations from the General Fund, except the Veterans’ Home, shall be determined by the Director of General Services, and paid from appropriations available for the support of the state agency. All payments for services shall be deposited in the treasury to the credit and in augmentation of the current appropriation for the support of the department.

(Added by renumbering Section 14102 by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)

14954.
  

The department may employ such assistance as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties, and may purchase or rent any necessary supplies, instruments, tools, equipment, and conveniences.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)

14955.
  

Where work to be performed, excluding regular maintenance work, which would otherwise be subject to the State Contract Act (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code), does not lend itself to the preparation of plans and specifications to enable bids to be taken on a lump-sum or unit basis, and the director so finds, the department may perform the work by the use of rented tools or equipment, either with operators furnished or unoperated. Contracts for the work may include provision for equipment rental and in addition the furnishing of labor and materials necessary to accomplish the work. The contracts shall not be subject to the State Contract Act, but shall be subject to all of the provisions of Article 2 (commencing with Section 1770) of Chapter 1 of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code.

Whenever the total consideration of such a contract exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), it shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, after competitive bidding on such reasonable notice as the department may prescribe, except in cases of emergency rental of tools or equipment as hereinafter provided. Posting of notice for five days in a public place in the Sacramento and Los Angeles offices of the Office of Architecture and Construction of the department is sufficient. Those contracts involving a consideration in excess of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) shall be accompanied by labor and material bonds. The department may require faithful performance bonds when considered necessary. The notice for each contract shall state whether or not a bond shall be required. Where a faithful performance bond is required, labor and material bonds shall be required.

In cases of emergency work necessitated by the imminence or occurrence of a landslide, flood, storm damage, accident, or other casualty, tools or equipment may be rented for a period of not to exceed 10 days without competitive bidding.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 142, Sec. 43.)

14956.
  

This chapter, insofar as it vests in the State Architect general charge of the erection of all state buildings and require him or her to have an inspector assigned to each building during its construction, does not apply to the construction of any public works which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Boating and Waterways pursuant to Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 65) of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, or the Department of Transportation.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 124.)

14957.
  

(a) The Division of Architecture Revolving Fund in the State Treasury is continued in existence and is retitled the Architecture Revolving Fund. With the approval of the Department of Finance, and except as otherwise specified in this section, there shall be transferred to, or deposited in, the fund all money appropriated, contributed, or made available from any source, including sources other than state appropriations, for expenditure on work within the powers and duties of the Department of General Services with respect to the construction, alteration, repair, and improvement of state buildings, including, but not limited to, services, new construction, major construction and equipment, minor construction, maintenance, improvements, and equipment, and other building and improvement projects, as authorized by the state agency for which an appropriation is made or, as to funds from sources other than state appropriations, as may be authorized by written agreement between the contributor or contributors of funds and the Department of General Services, when approved by the Department of Finance.

(b) Money from state sources transferred to, or deposited in, the fund for major construction shall be limited to the amount necessary based on receipt of competitive bids. Money transferred for this purpose shall be upon approval of the Department of Finance. Any amount available, in the state appropriation, which is in excess of the amount necessary based on receipt of competitive bids, shall be immediately transferred to the credit of the fund from which the appropriation was made.

(c) Money in the fund also may be used, upon approval of the Department of Finance, to finance the cost of any construction projects within the powers and duties of the Department of General Services for which the federal government will contribute a partial cost thereof, provided, written evidence has been received from a federal agency that money has been appropriated by Congress and the federal government will pay to the state the amount specified upon the completion of construction of the project. The Director of General Services may approve plans, specifications and estimates of cost, and advertise for and receive bids on projects in anticipation of the receipt of written evidence from a federal agency.

(d) Money so transferred or deposited is available for expenditure by the Department of General Services for the purposes for which appropriated, contributed, or made available, without regard to fiscal years.

Notwithstanding Section 13340, special fund moneys in the Division of Architecture Revolving Fund, are continuously appropriated to the Department of General Services for these purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 723, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2004.)

14958.
  

The Department of General Services shall file against the Architecture Revolving Fund all claims covering expenditures incurred in connection with services, new construction, major construction and equipment, minor construction, maintenance, improvements, and equipment, and other building and improvement projects, and the State Controller shall draw his warrant therefor against that fund.

(Added by renumbering Section 14031 by Stats. 1965, Ch. 432.)

14959.
  

The Department of General Services shall keep a record of all expenditures chargeable against each specific portion of the revolving fund, and any unencumbered balance in any portion of the fund, either within three months after completion of the project for which the portion was transferred or within three years from the time the portion was transferred or deposited therein, whichever is the earlier, shall be withdrawn from the revolving fund and transferred to the credit of the fund from which the appropriation was made or, as to funds from other than state appropriations, be paid out or refunded as provided in the agreement relating to the contributions; provided, that on approval of the Department of Finance the time of the withdrawal may be extended.

For the purpose of this section an estimate, prepared by the Department of General Services upon receipt of bids, of the amount required for supervision, engineering, and other items, if any, necessary for the completion of a project on which a construction contract has been awarded shall be deemed a valid encumbrance and be included with any other valid encumbrances in determining the amount of an unencumbered balance.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1358, Sec. 2.2.)

14960.
  

Without at the time furnishing vouchers and itemized statements, the Department of General Services may withdraw from the Architecture Revolving Fund not to exceed at any one time the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). The sums withdrawn under this section shall be used as a revolving fund where payments of compensation earned or cash advances are necessary with respect to the construction, alteration, repair, or improvement of state buildings.

(Added by renumbering Section 14033 by Stats. 1965, Ch. 432.)

14961.
  

The Director of General Services may authorize the refund of moneys received or collected by the department in payment of fees, licenses, permits, or for rentals, property or services, wherein the license, permit, rental, property or service cannot lawfully be issued, furnished, or transferred to the person making the payment, or in cases where the payment in whole or in part represents overpayment or payment in duplicate.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 432.)

14963.
  

The duties and functions formerly conducted by the State Fire Marshal that relate to construction, school, plan checking, and construction inspection are hereby transferred to the Office of the State Architect.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 865, Sec. 5.)

14964.
  

(a) The duties and functions formerly conducted by the Office of the State Architect and the State Fire Marshal that relate to hospital plan checking and construction inspection are hereby transferred to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. These duties include, but are not limited to, those specified in Division 12.5 (commencing with Section 16000) and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 129675) of Part 7 of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) The qualifications for the personnel reviewing fire and life safety aspects of schools and hospitals within the Office of the State Architect and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development shall be the same as those qualifications required of personnel formerly reviewing fire and life safety aspects of those facilities within the Office of the State Fire Marshal. It shall continue to be the responsibility of the State Fire Marshal to provide a high level of ongoing professional development and training for the personnel reviewing fire and life safety aspects of schools and hospitals within the Office of the State Architect and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

(c) The qualifications for the personnel reviewing and inspecting structural safety aspects of hospitals at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development shall be the same as those qualifications required of personnel formerly reviewing and inspecting structural safety aspects of hospitals at the Office of the State Architect.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 89. Effective September 29, 1996.)

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