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Charles-
The structural reviews are handled by licensed structural engineers in the
Division of the State Architect, Office of Regulation Services.  Overall
they have a very good reputation for ensuring quality construction of
schools and essential buildings.  Where they often take hits is in some of
the compliance requirements and paperwork they require. And yes, there is an
amount of paper they require.  

As a school board president (who is also a structural engineer) and who
recently had to have two major school projects approved under tight
timelines, I appreciate their efforts.  Their San Francisco regional office
(actually in Oakland) provided excellent oversight while working to meet our
tight schedules (dictated by another state agencie's requirements for
providing some of the funding). Their field engineers (again, all licensed
structural engineers) and the state approved inspectors we must have on the
project are an additional sets of very capable eyes to watch over the actual
construction and help to protect our students.

They have a little more leverage than normal plan check departments for
their school reviews.  State law makes it a felony to knowingly violate the
Field Act.  Very few prosecutions have been pursued. The threat of a felony
charge usually is sufficient to get compliance.  :<)

Regards,
Bill Cain, S.E.
Albany CA


"From the laying out of a line of a tunnel to its final completion, the work
may be either a series of experiments made at the expense of the proprietors
of the project, or a series of judicious applications of the results of
previous experience." 
 -H. S. Drinker in "Tunneling, Explosive Compounds and Rock Drills (1878).


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Charles Espenlaub [SMTP:Cespenlaub(--nospam--at)martinaia.com]
	Sent:	Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:16 PM
	To:	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
	Subject:	RE: New California State Architect

	Who is(are)the State Engineer(s).  Shouldn't they be responsible for
	reviewing the engineering portions of the work.  Since when is an
	Architect capable.  That is why they hire engineers; isn't it?


	Charles F. Espenlaub, III, P.E.
	Martin-Espenlaub Engineering



	-----Original Message-----
	From: fturner [mailto:fturner(--nospam--at)quiknet.com]
	Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 1:26 PM
	To: Listserve SEAOC
	Subject: New California State Architect


	Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment of Stephan
	Castellanos
	as State Architect.

	Mr. Castellanos, 51, of Valley Springs, is a partner and architect
at
	Derivi
	Castellanos Architects, a position he has held for 20 years. He has
been
	an
	active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has
led
	the
	Institute in improving governmental relations, heightening public
	awareness
	of architectural excellence, and advocating for diversity within the
	profession. Mr. Castellanos is a member of the AIA Board of
Directors
	and
	has represented California as the regional AIA director since 1998.
He
	has
	earned numerous awards of achievement including the Presidential
	Citation
	from the American Institute of Architects, California Council in
both
	1993
	and 1998. Mr. Castellanos earned a bachelor of architecture degree
from
	California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

	The State Architect is responsible for reviewing the plans and
	construction
	of publicly funded schools and essential services buildings. The
State
	Architect reviews the building process to ensure that the plans,
their
	specifications, and the actual construction are in compliance with
	California's exacting requirements for structural safety, fire and
life
	safety, and accessibility for the building classifications.

	Mr. Castellanos will receive a salary of $104,570. This position
	requires
	Senate confirmation