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Normal Public Construction Costs and Excessive Costs.   

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(a) Architect's projected construction cost estimate and conceptual plans. A projected construction cost estimate for a conversion, addition/renovation, remodeling or new project shall be provided by architects and engineers. Conceptual plans shall be submitted justifying the architectural and engineering estimate of the projected construction cost. The normal public construction costs in the applicant's area shall be determined using the methods specified in sections 20418(b)(1)-(4) for remodeling and sections 20418(c)(1)-(7) for new construction.

(b) Normal public construction costs in the applicants area for remodeling.

(1) The normal public construction costs in the applicant' s area for the remodeling portion of conversion, addition/renovation or remodeling projects shall be only the eligible construction project costs portion of the projected construction cost estimate provided by architects and engineers. In addition to the projected construction cost estimate, architects and engineers shall also provide the eligible projected construction cost estimate for the remodeling portion of conversion, addition/renovation or remodeling projects.

(2) Remodeling, conversion, and addition/renovation projects shall submit:

(A) An engineering study performed by a licensed engineer which assesses the structural integrity of the existing building; and

(B) An asbestos survey which determines the presence of asbestos containing materials in the building and provides an initial cost estimate for the safe removal or abatement of the materials. The building survey for asbestos containing materials shall be performed by an asbestos consultant registered with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CAL/OSHA); and

(C) For energy conservation projects, an energy audit performed by a licensed engineer shall be submitted; and

(D) For projects which involve rehabilitation for health and safety purposes, the architect shall cite specific sections of State Statutes, State Building Codes and local building codes which demonstrate that the existing building is in need of rehabilitation for health and safety purposes.

(3) For remodeling and conversion projects, an eligible contingency not to exceed twenty percent of the eligible projected construction cost for remodeling may be utilized in the project budget.

(4) For addition/renovation projects, an eligible contingency not to exceed fifteen percent of the eligible projected construction cost of the new construction, and an eligible contingency not to exceed twenty percent of the eligible projected construction cost for remodeling, may be utilized in the project budget.

(c) Normal public construction costs in the applicant's area for new construction.

(1) For new construction, the calculation of the normal public construction cost in the applicant's area shall be based on the current (1991) cost of public library buildings, which shall be $115.20 per square foot. This figure does not include costs for land acquisition, site development, demolition, works of art, shelving and built-in equipment, or movable furnishings and equipment.

(2) The current cost shall be modified utilizing the following "California Locality Adjustment Table by County." The current cost figure is multiplied by the factor in the adjustment table to obtain the locally adjusted cost of public library buildings.

California Locality Adjustment

Table by County County Multiplier Factor

Alameda 1.35

Alpine 1.20

Amador 1.19

Butte 1.14

Calaveras 1.11

Colusa 1.14

Contra Costa 1.30

Del Norte 1.15

El Dorado 1.20

Fresno 1.19

Glenn 1.14

Humboldt 1.15

Imperial 1.17

Inyo 1.21

Kern 1.17

Kings 1.19

Lake 1.14

Lassen 1.11

Los Angeles 1.27

Madera 1.11

Marin 1.31

Mariposa 1.13

Mendocino 1.14

Merced 1.12

Modoc 1.11

Mono 1.20

Monterey 1.26

Napa 1.22

Nevada 1.18

Orange 1.20

Plumas 1.14

Riverside 1.23

Sacramento 1.21

San Benito 1.26

San Bernardino 1.23

San Diego 1.18

San Francisco 1.39

San Joaquin 1.19

San Luis Obispo 1.15

San Mateo 1.33

Santa Barbara 1.25

Santa Clara 1.29

Santa Cruz 1.22

Shasta 1.11

Sierra 1.18

Siskiyou 1.11

Solano 1.23

Sonoma 1.22

Stanislaus 1.11

Sutter 1.13

Tehama 1.11

Trinity 1.11

Tulare 1.13

Tuolumne 1.12

Ventura 1.24

Yolo 1.14

Yuba 1.13

(3) The locally adjusted cost shall then be increased by 1/3 percent per month for each month from the State Librarian's deadline for application until the anticipated date of construction bids for the project. This figure shall be the eligible projected construction cost. This figure, or a lesser amount, shall be utilized as the normal construction cost in the applicant's area unless justification for a higher figure can be made based upon recent local bidding experience.

(4) At the applicant's option, this eligible projected construction cost figure may be increased by averaging the construction contract costs for a minimum of three comparable public construction projects bid within two years of the State Librarian's deadline for application. If three comparable public construction project bids cannot be found within two years of the State Librarian's deadline for application, this locally determined comparable cost approach cannot be utilized by the applicant.

(5) "Comparable public construction projects" shall be post offices, museums, courthouses, city halls, auditoriums, community college and public libraries, senior citizens centers, public schools and recreation centers.

(6) The locally determined comparable cost figure shall be averaged with the eligible projected construction cost to obtain the revised eligible projected construction cost figure, which shall be considered to be the normal public construction cost in the applicant's area.

(7) For projects with new construction, an eligible contingency not to exceed fifteen percent of the eligible projected construction cost may be utilized in the project budget.

(d) Certification of excessive costs. For projects where the projected construction cost exceeds the eligible projected construction cost, the applicant shall provide certification in the form of a resolution demonstrating the capability to finance the supplemental funds necessary to construct the project at the higher cost (See section 20416(a)). The resolution shall also guarantee that the required local matching and supplemental funds necessary to complete the project at the level stated in the project budget will be made available for the project in a timely manner.

(e) Project budget. The project budget shall include all expenditures for eligible project costs, as well as any other capital outlay expenditures directly related to the library construction project. In addition, the project budget shall show the sources of all funding including state matching, local matching, and local supplemental funding. The project budget, specified in the library project budget section of the application, shall be certified by resolution of the governing body of the applicant (See section 20416. (a)).

Authority cited:

Education Code 19960

Reference:

Education Code 19957

Education Code 19962

Education Code 19963

Education Code 19964

(Amended by Register 90, No. 50.)