The authorization in statute for community college districts to use the design-build project delivery process sunsets on January 1, 2020. CCFC worked with Assembly Member Medina to introduce AB 695, which will extend the sunset date to January 1, 2030.
The community college design-build authorizing statute is found in Education Code Sections 81700-81709. The initial authorization, created by AB 1000 (Simitian) in 2002, established a pilot program limited to three community college districts. In 2007, SB 614 (Simitian) extended the authorization to all community college districts, for projects that exceed $2.5 million. SB 1509 (Simitian) from 2012 extended the sunset from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2020.
Skilled Workforce Requirements
The State Building and Construction Trades Council has requested amendments to AB 695 that would create new skilled and trained workforce requirements for community college design-build projects. In 2015, AB 1358 (Dababneh) created new skilled workforce requirements for K-12 design-build projects, and extended the K-12 sunset to January 1, 2025. K-12 and other local agency design-build projects are required to employ a skilled and trained workforce, meaning that all workers in an apprenticeable occupation are either skilled journeypersons or apprentices in an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Industrial Relations. By 2020, 60% of the skilled journeypersons for multiple trades must be apprenticeship graduates; a number of other trades are frozen at 30%. These levels have been phased in gradually over the five years since the bill was chaptered. The skilled workforce program includes reporting requirements to the Department of Industrial Relations, which are waived if the public entity has a Project Labor Agreement.
CCFC is working with the author’s office and Building Trades on this piece, requesting a gradual approach to phasing in the skilled workforce requirements for community colleges to ensure the smoothest possible implementation. A full exemption for community colleges is unlikely.
Timeline and Next Steps
AB 695 is at the beginning of the legislative process. It is awaiting its first hearing in the Assembly Higher Education Committee, which will likely be April 2. The bill needs to be passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2019 in order for the design-build authorization to continue without interruption. CCFC will keep our members updated on the progress of this bill through the process.
CCFC Legislative Advocate