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FAQ

When do outside consultants such as Architects or Engineers need to be involved?

AES should be consulted any time you want to modify your space. Some minor work can be done on-campus via a work order through Facilities. However, anything that requires a plan check, code reviews, permits, etc. Even the addition of some furniture meets these requirements, so when in doubt, ask to avoid unforeseen problems down the road.

Who can I speak with about using our product on campus?

D&CS does not maintain a large materials library so we recommend scheduling product intros and presentations when we are researching your Division for a specific project.

The best way to learn if we have a project that could use your product is to email our Administrative Coordinator at Cynthia.Schierer@csulb.edu

Where can I find a campus map?

CSULB Maps

If you don’t find what you need here, please contact Beach Building Services at 562.985.4131

Can I get a copy of our office/building layout?

Please email your request to Cole.Maloney@csulb.edu

Depending on your request, we may need you to sign a release form.

For security purposes, we are unable to provide complete building plans.

Why is my project taking so long?

There are many steps involved in completing a project and a lot of them happen outside of Design and Construction office's control (State fire marshal, permitting, contract execution, etc.). We do our best to move your project through this process as quickly as possible, but there are a few things you can do to make sure there are as few delays as possible. 

  • Identify and approve sufficient funds
    Project costs are often more than expected and attempting to negotiate a budget number will delay the project while waiting for additional budget 

  • Don't change the scope of the project
    Get decision makers on board early and make sure everyone agrees about the scope of the project. Scope changes always lead to project delays. If you do need a change, make it as early as possible. The later in the project a change is made the more time and money it will take to implement.

  • Be flexible
    The more we limit the contractor's ability to work, the longer the project will take. Working around people, limiting when loud/smelly work can be done, or phasing projects to meet campus schedules may be necessary, but will make the project take longer. If there are factors that will limit the contractor, please discuss them with the project manager as early as possible. 

  • Plan Ahead
    The process of approving, funding, designing, and bidding a project takes a significant amount of time. Submitting a project in January may not provide enough time for construction to happen in the summer. The further ahead a project can be submitted, the more likely it is that we can meet your schedule.

There’s a lot of activity next to our building, what’s going on / how do I report a problem?

Please refer to the “Current Projects” page as well as our Campus Map to review activity related to DCS projects. 

If the activity is related to one of our projects, please call us at 562.985.4175 and we will have the assigned Construction Manager contact you as soon as possible to address any concerns.

When does a project pay the DCS PRE (project related expenses)? 

PRE is not paid until the project goes to bid and construction. All scope definition, project management of design, any cost estimating, and any additional assistance prior to construction is work performed by DCS not charged to the project/ department.

How is a project manager chosen for my project?

A project manager is chosen for a project based upon various factors but here are the three main factors:

  1. Workload
  2. Familiarity with client 
  3. Familiarity with scope of work.

Are there University standards for paint and carpet etc., and does everyone have to adhere to them?

There are University standards, which can be found here: University Resources ; however, discussions can be open with University Planning and DCS for variance from the standards in certain circumstances.

How are architects and sub consultants selected to perform minor capital work on campus?

Every year, a Task Order Service Agreement (TOSA) is requested for various sub consultants to submit their qualifications for consideration. Based upon internal review of RFQ and meetings within DCS and planning, sub consultants are scored and selected. The TOSA is an annual agreement and can be renewed every year based upon the performance of the sub consultants.

Who is the authority having jurisdiction for permitting projects on campus?

The Campus Building Official issues building permits in conjunction with the Long Beach Fire Department (for first responder site access) and the Office of the State Fire Marshall (for fire line safety). 
Building Permit Process

What are upcoming projects at CSULB? 

You can find the upcoming project by clicking on the provided link: Up and Coming Projects

If we want to purchase equipment/furniture and provide for contractor installation to save cost, are we allowed to do so?

Please coordinate with the Project Manager for your project. We have to ensure anything purchased outside of the project is coordinated with the design team for code consideration and ADA accommodation.