Architecture & Engineering

A&E Organization

Dominick DeAngelis, AIA is the Vice President of Architecture & Engineering (A&E). A&E is organized into two studios and three support units. The two studios, the Design Consultant Management Studio (DCMS) and the In-House Design Studio (IHDS), oversee or directly design every project built by the SCA. The three support units, the Business Management Unit, Staff Training and Development Unit, and the CADD Unit, all provide valuable assistance in keeping the studios working at peak performance. A&E is responsible for the development of scope, design, and construction documents for capital improvement projects at existing schools, and for programming, design, and construction documents for new school buildings, additions, and lease conversions. A&E also provides ongoing professional services for construction administration during the projects' construction phase.

Dominick guides his staff and consultant teams to think more critically about how children interact with schools and how we as designers can inspire children both passively and proactively. “We need to always remember who we are building for, the children of New York City and the many millions of children in generations to come. A&E improves and designs schools to provide children an inspirational academic environment for learning that sets the tone for the rest of their lives and gives them some of their earliest and long lasting memories. Nothing is more important than supporting them. We challenge everyone who works on a school to be inspired and motivated to capture the energy and endless wonderment of a student’s mind and apply it to the great work that we do at the SCA and in A&E. The process of creating and composing architecture using scale and materiality, the expression of program, and the creation of a layered design that reveals itself over time is analogous to the process of learning, exploration and the journey that children go through in their education.”

The following are links to A&E’s studios and support units: 

  • In-House Design Studio
  • Design Consultant Management Studio
  • Support Units

Capital Projects:

Design services for capital projects funded by the Department of Education's Five-Year Capital Plan are provided by both in-house architects and engineers, and by consultant design firms. These professional services are provided during scope, design, and construction.

All capital projects adhere to SCA standards developed by the SCA to ensure quality, cost effectiveness, constructability, and sustainability. These standards include: Design Requirements, Standard Specifications, Standard Details, and Room Planning Standards. Compliance with the NYC Green Schools Guide ensures that the stringent sustainability goals of NYC Local Law 32/16 are met. A&E Procedural Guidelines lay out procedures and protocols for the execution of capital projects. Standards Bulletins advise designers of new and revised technical standards.

Capital projects generally fall into three categories:

  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • Capacity
  • Resolution A (Reso A)
In-House Design Studio

In-House Design Studio

The In-House Design Studio (IHDS) is comprised of architects and engineers of all the major disciplines. The in-house technical staff scopes, designs, and provides construction services in architectural, structural, electrical, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing and drainage (P&D) components of their assigned Capital Improvement and new Capacity projects. They provide technical assistance to A&E studios and to SCA's Construction Management Department. In-house expediters reside in the studio for the projects designed in-house. IHDS manages the elevator/escalator, acoustical, mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP), and emergency contracts for projects designed in-house and for the review of consultant's work.                                                                                                                              

Responsibilities:

  • Design Services: Design services during scope, design and construction for all IIHDS projects to turn over projects to meet the Fiscal Year (FY) commitment plan and to ensure quality of construction and adherence to project contract documents and SCA standards.
  • Design Management: Management of all projects designed by IHDS.
  • Project Notifications: Meetings and project notifications for all projects.
  • Standards Compliance: Implement Standards bulletin compliance procedures when new standards are issued to ensure current requirements are implemented.
  • Special Assignments: Special design assignments in the SCA and Inspector General (IG) buildings.
  • Technical Support: Professional support as needed on Department of Education (DOE) and SCA projects (for example: Roof Top Unit [RTU] design evaluation exercises, SCA emergency response, pre-scoping for PlaNYC Boiler program, professional representation with other NYC agencies, special requests from the DOE, support for Technical Standards Studio, etc.).
Design Consultant Management Studio

Design Consultant Management Studio

The Design Consultant Management Studio (DCMS) staff is comprised of directors, design managers, and design project managers who manage the design consultants, oversee each project throughout the scope and design process, and coordinate with internal and external entities to ensure the successful delivery of design documents as well as that the consultants provide the required construction support services throughout the construction process.

  • Requirements for Design Consultants

To be eligible for a design assignment, a consultant firm must have a Requirements Contract with the SCA. To secure a contract, the firm must respond to an RFP for design services that are appropriate for the firm. If selected through the SCA's RFP selection process, a firm must be prequalified prior to being awarded a contract. 

To begin the prequalification process, please go to the Vendor Access System and fill out the online application. To propose for a contract, a firm must have the requisite professional qualifications and experience to support the specific type of design work needed.

Firms that are interested in receiving an RFP for design work should email an expression of their interest, along with information about their work, to the Architecture & Engineering Department.

  • Requirements for Design Subconsultants

Subconsultants do not hold contracts with the SCA, but rather with the prime contracted consultants. Subconsultants, unless their services will be a one-time specialty service to the prime, must also be prequalified with the SCA, however, the subconsultant does not have to be prequalified to be included as a subconsultant to a prime in the RFP. Acting as a subconsultant on SCA projects is a good way for a firm to get to know the SCA, and vice-versa, and so may facilitate winning a prime contract in the future.

  • Types of Design Requirements Contracts:

Design requirements contract types include:

  • Capacity project services
  • CIP A/E services
  • CIP Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) service
  • Landscape design services

Smaller projects such as Resolution A are typically assigned to firms with CIP, MEP, or landscape contracts.

Technical Standards & Support Studio

Technical Standards & Support Studio

Technical Standards & Support Studio (TSS) is a multifunctional unit that maintains the technical standards of the SCA and supports the other studios through its three units: the CADD Unit, the Estimating Unit, and the Technical Standards Group.

The CADD Unit is a multi-function A&E unit that manages several areas of support. These areas include AutoCAD/Revit user assistance, CAD/BIM standards, AutoCAD/Revit user training, plotters and printers, manages the Plans Desk, manages the Alchemy database of school drawings, and performs review of A&E related electronic documents. The CADD Unit also publishes departmental bulletins and documents on the A&E Homepage. The CADD Unit maintains the AutoCAD system and plans desk for the In House Design Studio as well as the SCA's drawing archive system.

  • The A&E Plans Desk provides a single point of contact within the SCA for A/E PCM (CM13) requests and A/E related PCM (CM13) issues. It also manages the PCM (CM13) accounts for the in-house staff as well as A&E consultants. The Plans Desk is responsible for and acts as a clearing house for all in-house project shop drawing submittals.

The Estimating Unit is responsible for performing estimates on SCA in-house projects and review of consultant estimates. The Estimating Unit prepares cost estimates for projects designed in-house at all prescribed stages of the project, reviews and approves similar estimates prepared by consultants, performs cost analysis, tracks construction costs and maintains historical cost data.

The Technical Standards Group develops and maintains the SCA Design Standards for architectural, structural, electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning), and plumbing and drainage trades, which govern school design and construction quality. They are also responsible for value engineering, site/facility assessment and feasibility studies, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) submissions tracking, management of the Facilities Management Systems Integrator (FMSI) group, and, in collaboration with the other studios, development of design review and technical staff training. The following are a listing of the various responsibilities:

  • Standards: Establish, uphold, and update all SCA technical standards, including Design Requirements, Room Planning Standards, Standard Specifications, Standard Details, and Green Schools Guide, and provide associated training for A&E and CM staff.
  • New Code: Revise SCA Standards to conform to the new Building Code to ensure appropriate implementation of New NYC Construction Codes throughout the SCA by providing training and revising Standards accordingly.
  • A&E Procedural Guidelines: Coordinate the development of, and issue, A&E Procedural Guidelines (Internal/External and Internal Only, depending on topic) to SCA and consultants.
  • Interdepartmental Collaboration: Coordinate and lead meetings with Construction Management (CM), Building Code Compliance (BCC) and Construction Inspection Division (CID) regarding standards and contract requirements. Meet with various departments at DOE regarding needs and preferences (Operations & Maintenance, Accessibility, Curriculum Leaders, United Federation of Teachers [UFT], Office of School Food and Nutrition Services [OSFNS], Division of Instructional and Information Technology [DIIT], Pupil Transportation, etc.).
  • Green Design: Develop and maintain the NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System, implement submission reviews and approve certification for NYC Green Schools, and provide support for all Green Schools requirements and activities. Reports to City Hall on all Local Law 86 applicable projects.
  • R&D: Perform Product Review & Research new materials/vendors/manufacturers to be included in specs.
  • Program of Requirements for New Schools: Maintain Standard Programs of Requirements (POR), issue and update POR's for all Capacity (CAP) projects, and provide programming support to Capital Planning and Real Estate.
  • Design Review Standards and Checklists: Along with In-House Design Studio, maintain and update design review standards to ensure quality and consistency in Design Review.
  • Liaison to DOE on design-related issues: Act as A&E liaison to DOE instructional and administrative groups at Tweed on new programs and requirements that might affect SCA Standards; also to other DOE facilities infrastructure groups, i.e. DIIT, School Safety, OBS, OSFNS, CTF, etc. as requirements for new Standards are developed.
  • Feasibility Studies: All Field Reports and Feasibility Studies (with support from In-House Design Studio) for potential new school facilities.
  • SHPO Coordination: Manage and route SHPO submissions through the SCA's Legal Department to SHPO, as well as manage the correspondence with SHPO during the detailed submission review process. Submissions are reviewed/edited for acceptability, clarity, and historic compliance.
  • Technical Support: Provide technical support and advice as requested by the A&E Design Studios, Construction Management and other SCA departments
  • FMSI: Manage Facilities Management Systems Integrator (FMSI), who commission Building Management Systems, contract that provides technical support to A&E, CM, CID and Commissioning.
Capital Projects

Capital Projects

Capital projects generally fall into three categories:

Capital Improvement Program (CIP): CIP projects maintain and upgrade existing school facilities. They are generally smaller than line projects and involve work such as interior/exterior building upgrades, roof and boiler replacements, electrical work, security systems, room conversions and transportable classrooms. Their estimated construction value typically ranges from $1 million to $10 million.

To view a list of CIP projects the SCA anticipates bidding out in the next six months, click the following link: Capital Improvement Projects Anticipated Contract Awards

Capacity (or Line): Capacity Projects...

Resolution A and CTF (Capital Task Force): Resolution "A" (Reso "A") projects are school specific capital improvement or enhancement projects that are funded through individual grants which are allocated by the Borough Presidents or members of the New York City Council. These projects are very important to the school community because they provide enhancements and upgrades to existing facilities. The most common Reso "A" projects are upgrades to a school's technology, auditorium, playground, science Lab and other specialty classrooms. The SCA has also been able to utilize Reso "A" funding to complete some unique and innovative projects such as a Challenger Space Center, an Edible Schoolyard (farm), planetarium upgrade and Green roofs. The SCA is grateful to our elected officials for entrusting us with this capital funding that has led to numerous enhancements in schools throughout the City.

Capital Task Force (CTF) projects are, as a rule, small capital projects typically built by Division of School Facilities (DSF) Skilled Trades or Job Order Contract (JOC) contractors.

Requirements for Design Consultants

To be eligible for a design assignment, a consultant firm must have a Requirements Contract with the SCA. To secure a contract, the firm must respond to an RFP for design services that are appropriate for the firm. If selected through the SCA's RFP selection process, a firm must be pre-qualified prior to being awarded a contract.

To begin the prequalification process, please go to the Vendor Access System and fill out the online application. To propose for a contract, a firm must have the requisite professional qualifications and experience to support the specific type of design work needed.

Firms that are interested in receiving an RFP for design work should email an expression of their interest, along with information about their work, to the Architecture & Engineering Department at AE Info or to any of the A&E senior staff.

Requirements for Design Sub-consultants

Sub-consultants do not hold contracts with the SCA, but rather with the "prime" contracted consultants. Sub-consultants, unless their services will be a one-time specialty service to the prime, must also be pre-qualified with the SCA. Acting as a sub-consultant on SCA projects is a good way for the firm to get to know the SCA, and vice-versa, and so may facilitate winning a prime contract in the future.

Types of Design Requirements Contracts

Design Requirements Contract types include:

  • Capacity Project services
  • CIP A/E services
  • CIP MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) services
  • Landscape Design services

There are also a variety of specialty and testing services. Smaller projects such as Resolution A and CTF are typically assigned to firms with CIP or Landscape Contracts.

Support Units

Support Units

  1. Staff Training and Development Unit

Knowledge and continual education is the key to success. A&E has a culture of learning, a school within an office that designs schools. We encourage all of our staff to pursue the credentials they need to build the best schools in the world. Staff Training and Development Unit (TDU) provides a framework to inspire its staff to find interests inside and outside the office to help them grow professionally. We often forget that the practice of architecture and engineering and the professions of business and management are always changing. Technological innovation, pedagogy, CAD, professional development, management systems, and construction methodology are always evolving. In the course of a long career, professionals need to keep up with these things to be successful designers, managers, and builders.

  1. Business Management Unit

The Business Management Unit (BMU), under the A&E Vice President’s office, is organized to enhance A&E’s business practices, manage design consultant payments, monitor contract utilization, and assist in creating, developing and implementing policies and procedures related to the business practices of A&E.

BMU manages the business side of the A&E design contracts. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Oversee contract utilization process & project assignments
  • Create and implement policies and procedures for design consultants and design studio to address any business risks
  • Serve as a liaison between the design studio, the design consultants, and other SCA stakeholder departments
  • Monitor the cost of the design projects and compensation to the design consultant
  • Ensure the consultants are being compensated in a timely fashion
  • Address all design consultant concerns regarding payments and/or contract related issues
  • Meet with the design team for resolutions for any related financial and/or business process affecting the design consultant’s ability to do business with the SCA.
  1. CADD Unit

The CADD Unit is a multi-functional A&E unit that manages several areas of support. These areas include: AutoCAD/Revit user assistance, AutoCAD/Revit standards, AutoCAD/Revit user training, plotters and printers, the AE Archives (formerly Alchemy database of school drawings), and performs review of A&E related electronic documents. The CADD Unit also publishes departmental bulletins and documents on the A&E Homepage.

A&E Plans Desk

The A&E Plans Desk provides a single point of contact for the Construction and Architecture Management Platform (CAMP) A&E requests and A&E related issues. The Plans Desk is responsible for and acts as a clearinghouse for all in-house project shop drawing submittals.