What Is DSA in Construction?

March 7, 2024

The Division of the State Architect is the organization that oversees the design and construction of various state-owned or leased facilities including schools. It also develops structural safety, historical and accessibility building codes throughout the state of California. When constructing buildings for these applications, strict code requirements must be followed. These requirements typically pertain to the protection of occupants and maintaining structural functionality after natural occurrences like earthquakes or disasters. Romtec offers a wide selection of products that can be used in these types of construction applications, and our expert engineering team makes meeting all required building and life/safety codes simple.

When a project requires DSA approval, there are many steps to the process. The first step involves submitting all required forms for the plan check process. Once submitted, the DSA will review the form submission and approve or reject it. The process may take up to 48 hours. For this reason, it is best to submit the application for plan check as early in the construction phase as possible.

The main goal of construction management is to sharply control and monitor a construction project to ensure that it meets the required deadlines in terms of quality, cost, and schedule. An effective Construction Manager (CM) works as the owner’s representative in all aspects of a construction project, from the original concept and design through the completion of the building and all related site work.

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