The AIA California Council keeps a constant, watchful eye on issues that affect the practice of architecture and the built environment, and it has a successful track record for effectiveness in advocacy on behalf of the profession. AIACC’s strength and ability to protect and promote our profession comes directly from our members. Through members of the State Action Liaison Committee (SALC), we monitor and maintain direct contact with California State Agencies that have direct or indirect impact on the practice of architecture. This is the first in a series of updates from one of the 13 agencies we monitor on your behalf.
California Community College Chancellor’s Office
The College Finance and Facilities Planning Division oversees the formulation of policies that determine the distribution of local assistance and capital outlay funds for the 72 community college districts. They oversee the construction and remodeling of new buildings and centers, and they use web-based tools to assess facilities, coordinate planning, and evaluate and manage projects efficiently. Doug Patterson, AIA, SALC liaision recently met with Fred Harris, Assistant Vice Chancelor, to identify issues of concern and opportunities for collaboration with the architectural profession.
Project Close-out with DSA – how can AIACC assist the CCCCO, the 72 Community College Districts, and their members to support and advance DSA project closeout activities?
Statewide Education Bond
$37B is needed for California’s Community Colleges over the next 10 years based on a facilities “needs” analysis. How can the AIACC support the next Statewide Education Bond measure?
Coordination with CCFC – California Community College Facilities Coalition
This is an organizational structure designed to utilize public/private partnerships to advance advocacy efforts for facilities issues and provide critical information and services to community college districts and their business partners on facility matters. How can the AIACC improve collaboration with the CCFC?
New Technology / Innovation
FUSION is a web-based suite of tools to support the integrated management and reporting on California community college facilities throughout the state. This approach allows for a consistent, standardized approach used by all college districts and for improved efficiency for the districts as well as the California Community College System.
There are also other issues of concern to the profession including updating the California Building Code with amendments and opportunities to coordinate with public utilities to increase incentives for energy efficient design.