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Architecture & Engineering (A&E) is organized into five Studios: Design Consultant Management Studio, Quality Control & Construction Support Studio, In-House Design Studio, Operations Studio, and the Technical Standards and Support Studio, each guided by a Studio Director working together under the leadership of the Departmental Vice President, E. Bruce Barrett. A&E is responsible for the development of scope, design and construction documents for capital improvement projects at existing schools, and for feasibility studies, 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.

The SCA Department of Architecture & Engineering will deliver designs for safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools for the children of the City of New York by consistently eliciting the highest standards of quality and performance from all Architecture & Engineering staff and consultants. We are committed to the SCA's goal of building and modernizing public schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity.

The Construction Management Department administers all Capital projects performed in existing public school buildings and the construction of new schools. Construction Management will do so in a safe and efficient manner, working with the school and community to work efficiently, minimize the impact on the educational process while maintaining the highest standards of quality. 

The Capital Plan & Contract Management Department houses three divisions that provide critical functions to successfully provide safe and modern schools for New York City’s 1.1 million school children.

Capital Plan Management is responsible for developing and implementing the Five-Year Capital Plan which outlines priorities for creating new school facilities as well as upgrading our existing buildings. The Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Five-Year Capital Plan totals $17 Billion and is broken out into three categories: Capacity, Capital Investment, and Mandated Programs. Through the execution of the Five-Year Capital Plan, the division plays a key role in shaping and defining the projects that will meet the complex and vital needs of our evolving school system. Capital Plan Management also oversees "Resolution A" (Reso A) projects which are school-specific capital improvement or enhancement projects funded by the Borough Presidents or members of the New York City Council as well as manages the implementation of Mayoral initiatives.

Contract Administration administers the solicitation process of construction, non-construction and personal services contracts. The Division also ensures the timely ordering and installation of all furniture and equipment required at new and existing schools and process all SCA purchase orders. Within Contact Administration is the Prequalification Unit that vets all firms wishing to do business with the SCA for credit-worthiness, financial stability, integrity, and licensing.

Prequalification vets firms (contractors, consultants, suppliers, etc.) wishing to do business with the SCA for credit-worthiness, financial stability, integrity, licensing, references, etc. The division works very closely with Business Development, Procurement and Construction Management to ensure that the SCA has sufficient qualified firms to compete for and perform SCA work, and only fully qualified firms are hired to work on SCA projects.

Finance and Information Technology is comprised of Fiscal Services and Information Technology

Fiscal Services

  • processes all payments;
  • creates and monitors project budgets for all projects;
  • encumbers or reserves funding for all SCA contractual obligations;
  • reviews for approval employee expense reimbursement requests;
  • prepares year-end financial reports and manages banking relationships;
  • develops, plans, and monitors the SCA's operating budget;
  • updates and maintains Capital Improvement and Capacity Projects data in Primavera Project Management (PPM) and PTS;
  • manages the Owner Controlled Insurance Program and an Operational Insurance Program;
  • monitors the Commitment Plan;
  • manages project and financial data needed for external reporting and produces internal and external reports
  • provides financial reports to OMB which are used to support City bond sales and submits project data to the State Education Department that allows NYC to receive building aid funding.

Information Technology

  • Manages the technology infrastructure which supports business operations: including personal computers, laptops, servers, printers, the internal network which connects them all, telephones, smartphones, blackberrys, and conference room equipment;
  • Provides direct support to end users via the IT Service Desk, onsite office and jobsite support, and Training Classes;
  • Supports application software (purchased such as Oracle, Primavera, Microsoft, and custom-written applications such as ORCMS, PTS, IEH, etc.)
  • Scopes and evaluates system solutions required by departments, including: internally developed applications, solutions delivered by other city agencies, or external cloud computing providers;
  • Develops and implements new applications and systems as needed.

Executive Office

The Executive Office includes the Office of the President and CEO, the Chief of Staff/ Executive Director, the External Affairs Division, the Capital Planning Division, and the Project Controls Division. The Executive Office provides the vision, mission and goals for the School Construction Authority.

External Affairs

The External Affairs Division serves as an intergovernmental arm of the SCA. The External Affairs Division develops and maintains positive relationships between the SCA and elected officials, community boards, community education councils, other public agencies and utilities and the United Federation of Teachers. External Affairs acts as SCA representatives at large public hearings, maintains interagency communications, manages agency correspondence, gathers information for media inquiries and assists in emergency situations.

For a list of External Affairs representatives see our External Affairs page.

The Administration Department is comprised of Administrative Services, Business Development, Contractor Qualification, and Human Resources.

In addition, Administration coordinates the development and issuance of SCA policies and operating guidelines, as well as efforts to recruit new contractors, consultants, suppliers and vendors.

In all of these capacities, Administration is committed to providing the highest level of support and service to other SCA departments.

The Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Department includes the following divisions:

Building Code Compliance

  • Promotes the safety and welfare of the New York City students, staff, and the general public by ensuring compliance with NYC Codes and Zoning regulations.
  • Enhances quality by providing technical support and ongoing training seminars to SCA Construction Management.
  • Carries out the mission of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding through the highly qualified professional staff of plan examiners and inspectors.
  • Facilitates efficient processing of Buildings Department plan reviews, permits, and sign-offs to achieve timely completion of school projects.

Construction Inspection Division

The Construction Inspection Division (CID) inspects the installation of materials and equipment on SCA projects to verify that the contractors install these systems as per the SCA plans, specifications and relevant codes.

CID is organized into units as follows: Plumbing, Fire Suppression, Boiler/Fuel Burning Inspection Unit; Electrical and Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Unit; Roofing, Masonry and Sheet metal Inspection Unit; and the Civil, Architectural, Window and Door Inspection Unit. CID works closely with Architecture & Engineering (A&E), Construction Management and Building Code Compliance to ensure that the SCA receives a quality product.

Industrial & Environmental Hygiene

Industrial & Environmental Hygiene (IEH) provides all-encompassing management and administration of environmental hygiene inclusive of: asbestos, lead, PCBs, indoor air quality, mold, hazardous materials, underground storage tanks, environmental due diligence for site development acquisitions, potable water, chemical relocation, soil excavation/characterization and disposal. IEH works very closely with Architecture & Engineering (A&E) and Construction Management (CM).

Safety

  • Provides optimum protection to the students, teachers, school personnel and the general public during all new construction and renovation of New York City school buildings.
  • Enforces all applicable safety rules and regulations in a firm, fair and consistent manner.
  • Educates SCA personnel, general contractors and subcontractors regarding City, State, Federal and SCA mandated safety rules and regulations (see the 2009 SCA Safety Manual).
Overview

The SCA’s Legal Department is comprised of Legal, Real Estate Services, Labor Law Compliance and the Corporate Secretary.
Legal papers may be served on the Corporate Secretary in the Legal Department.


Legal Department


The SCA's Legal Department provides legal services to all divisions and departments of the SCA.  The Department's responsibilities include: advising the Board of Trustees, officers and employees of all legal requirements of the SCA's construction program and business operations; managing litigation and defending the SCA in administrative matters; mediating construction claims and disputes; drafting and negotiating SCA contracts, license agreements, memoranda of understanding, and other legal documents; responding to requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL); managing the SCA’s public works lien system; and providing assistance with regards to the City's Conflicts of Interest laws.


Real Estate Services Division


The SCA’s Real Estate Services Division is principally responsible for the identification, evaluation, and acquisition (through negotiated purchase and eminent domain) or leasing, of both sites for new construction and leased sites in support of the Department of Education's Capacity Program. The Division also manages the public review, State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), and zoning override processes for new sites, and negotiates renewals of existing leases. The Division's landlord-tenant liaisons facilitate communication between the SCA, Division of School Facilities (DSF), and landlords regarding issues related to construction or occupancy. 

Labor Law Compliance Division


The SCA’ Labor Law Compliance Division seeks to ensure that construction firms comply with legal requirements to report and pay their workers the appropriate Prevailing Wages

Freedom of Information Requests

Under the laws of the State of New York, you may request copies of various records created by the SCA. Like other government agencies, the SCA developed rules for a prompt response to such requests. They may be found in the New York Code, Rules and Regulations under Title 21, Part 9607.

Making a Request

Please submit all request to inspect and/or copy records of the SCA to the Records Access Officer: Jessica  Reyes, who is also the Corporate Secretary, she is responsible for insuring appropriate agency responses to public requests for access to records. Her telephone number is (718) 472-8397.

Request can be submitted by mail at the main office of the SCA:

30-30 Thomson Avenue, 4th floor
Long Island City, NY 11101.

Each request must be made in writing and reasonably describe the records sought. Whenever possible, the person requesting the records should supply as much descriptive information as possible, including dates, titles, authors, and recipients of the documents. The SCA makes its records available for inspection and/or copying during regular business hours at the location or locations within the SCA's facilities designated by the records manager. Such records may not be removed from the office. Arrangements may be made for obtaining copies of such records.

Requests can also be submitted via email and sent to this address.

Under certain circumstances, the laws of the State of New York prohibit the SCA from disclosing records. Disclosure may constitute an impermissible invasion of privacy. Other exceptions cover public bidding matters, trade secrets, law enforcement matters, and the like. In the event a record may not be revealed, the SCA will issue a written denial of access setting forth the reasons for that determination.

Appealing an Adverse Decision

Any person or entity denied access to any record may, within thirty (30) days of such denial, appeal the denial in writing to the Vice President and General Counsel of the SCA, William Estes, Esq. Appeals must be submitted by mail to:

30-30 Thomson Avenue, 4th Floor
Long Island City, New York 11101.

The time for deciding an appeal begins upon receipt of a written appeal identifying:

  • The date of the request for records; 
  • A description of the records that were denied; and 
  • The name and the return address of the applicant. 

The  Vice President and General Counsel shall review the matter and may affirm, modify or reverse the denial.

Fees for Records and Services

It is the policy of the SCA to provide routine information to permit public inspection of records without charge. Fees may be charged:

  • For reproduction, duplication, or copying of records; and 
  • Where a fee is otherwise prescribed by law.

Records will be photocopied or electronically copied by the SCA where appropriate. The person requesting a copy will be charged a fee of twenty-five (25¢) cents per page for hard copies not exceeding 9 x 14 inches or the actual cost of reproducing such records if larger copies are required. If it is not practicable for the SCA to photocopy any such record, the record will be copied commercially and the person requesting the copy will be charged a fee equal to the cost of such commercial reproduction.

The fee for a computer printout is fifty (50¢) cents per page.

Any fee charged in relation to these services must be paid by the person making the request, by check or money order, in advance of the delivery of any record.

The mission of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is to protect the SCA from victimization by racketeering, fraudulent schemes, wasteful practices and all manner of crimes perpetrated by those doing business with, as well as those employed by the SCA.

Its goals are to reduce corruption and fraud, improve the SCA's systems and practices, and support civil suits for the recovery of monies that have been lost.

In addition, the Inspector General will serve as an ombudsman and advocate for any contractor that has been unfairly or improperly restricted or prevented from competing for SCA work due to any illegal conduct.

This effort should serve the objective of attracting greater private sector participation in the SCA's construction programs.

To Contact the Office of the Inspector General

In Writing:

Office of the Inspector General
NYC School Construction Authority
188 West 230th Street 
Bronx, NY 10463

By Calling:

Office of Inspector General (718) 901-6600 (24 hrs)

Email:

Office of Inspector General