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School Construction Resource Manual 

School Construction Resource Manual

The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) publishes this resource manual by authority of:

  1. S.B. 68
    1999 General Utah State Legislature
  2. Title 53A, Chapter 20, Section 104.5
    School Building Construction and Inspection Manual, Annual Construction and Inspection Conference, Verification of School Construction Inspections.

Major topics include long-range planning; the role and responsibilities of the School District Building Official (SDBO); school site issues such as size and location, pupil transportation into and away from the school, geologic hazards, environmental impact, and acquisition and development, as well as coordination with the local municipality and county; plan development issues such as educational specifications, selection of architects/engineers, facility design, and plan reviews; value engineering and life-cycle costing, as well as structural, energy, and fire marshal plan review; the construction bidding process; the construction inspection process; and maintenance and operation of buildings after construction.

The resource manual is comprised of various chapters which are listed below:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Asbestos Removal/Containment in Facilities
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Utah Public Schools
  • Facilities Planning
  • Facility Graffiti Removal and Prevention
  • Fire and Structural Wall Identification
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems Inspection and Test
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Inspection Process
  • Legal Liability in Building Maintenance and Operations
  • Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards
  • Outdoor Learning Play Centers and Playgrounds
  • Plan Development
  • Plan Review/Value Engineering
  • Procurement (Bidding) Process
  • Radon Gas in Facilities
  • Relocatable (Portable Classroom) Building Issues
  • Roof Inspection Management and Maintenance
  • School District Building Official and Charter School Board Building Officer
  • School Facility Site Selection and Development
  • Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Underground Natural Gas Piping