Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

March 26, 2012


Design-Build Construction Delivery Method

District Director of Facilities Planning and Purchasing Brandye D'Lena gave a presentation proposing use of the Design-Build procurement method for future construction projects. After much research, Director D'Lena stated that this method would increase collaboration with contractor involvement occurring throughout the design-build process. The Design-Build procurement delivery method is expected to reduce comparable costs, especially when it comes to change orders that often drive up the costs of construction projects. It could expedite completion by decreasing project delays, for example, projects that go into default. It also may provide additional features and benefits that are unavailable through the traditional Design-Bid-Build process. Several other districts have successfully used this method including San Mateo and San Diego Community College Districts.


THE BOARD APPROVED............................................................





South Orange County Community College District
  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Resolution No. 12-12 authorizing the use of the Design-Build procurement process.
  • Agreement for professional services for the development of a Design-Build construction delivery method with Alternative Delivery Solutions, LLC not to exceed $121,000.
  • Order of priority for the five year construction plan which reflects the colleges' building and capital improvement priorities. The list follows the guidelines of the District's 2011 Education and Facilities Master Plan with the exception of adding the Saddleback College ATEP building in alignment with the Irvine Valley College ATEP building (6th priority.)
  • Returning $13 million in basic aid funding to the unallocated basic aid account, as outlined in BP 3110 and AR 3110, to offset state reimbursements for construction and equipment.
  • Revisions to Board Policies BP-4076: Compensation; BP-5210, Enrollment Priorities, BP-4345: Catastrophic Leave; BP-5130: Financial Aid; BP-4018: Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing; and BP-4125: Retirement Incentive Plan for Educational Administrators.




  • Trustee Meldau said he is looking forward to attending the Saddleback College Foundation Gala this Saturday and underscored the importance of these fundraising events in supporting student scholarships and the community. Trustee Padberg echoed his comments and said she was looking forward to the event. Trustee Lang attended memorial services for Dr. Lee Rhodes, former SOCCCD trustee and Saddleback College professor. He commented that Dr. Rhodes was a generous, thoughtful man, and an excellent trustee who was deeply dedicated to educational causes. He also commented on the unexpected death of Dean McCormick, who served at the Orange County Board of Education, Tustin Unified School District Board of Trustees, and most recently on the Orange County Committee on School District Organization. He praised his work in education and commented on the loss to the educational community.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner had no report.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Hosting members of the White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for a panel discussion on addressing healthcare workforce training needs through private and public sector partnerships. Dr. Donna Rane-Szostak, Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services, served as a panelist. Senior Day to be held Mar. 29; President Burnett led an accreditation visit to Feather River College; Student Ismael Tejeda was awarded a $750 per semester scholarship for automotive technology; 162 SC student athletes were named to the Fall 2011 Athletic Honor Roll, 16 of those with perfect 4.0 grade point averages; an interactive student success workshop was held Mar. 2 for 40 faculty; Transfer Center College Fairs hosted over 35 universities with breakout sessions focused on veterans and nurses seeking bachelor's degrees.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: Vice President Gwen Plano awarded the ACCCA 2012 Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence; Adjunct Chemistry Instructor Joshua Junker won the prestigious 2012 Y-Prize new Medica Business Plan Challenge and eLearning project for a $50,000 grand prize at USC; Professor Jerry Rudmann elected to Association of College Honor Societies Board; Professor Kay Ryals discussed "American Suburbia and Its Discontents in Fiction and Film" at IVC2IVC lecture series; IVC Wind Symphony performed Feb. 25 with Aliso Niguel High School Wind Ensemble; 14 speech students recognized as top scholars and all conference academic team; IVC hosted a simulcast of Tedx on Feb. 29; President Roquemore selected to Irvine Chamber Board of Directors; Senior Day held March 6 for 2,600 high school seniors; IVC website redesigned.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included: Next planning steps include contracting with an architect to develop the site plan for the college buildings at ATEP. Design and construction drawings should begin in Dec. 2012 with construction beginning around January 2014 and completion estimated for April 2015; Demolition of the helicopter hangar has begun; District consultants continue to pursue external funding for some construction costs; Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons will represent SOCCCD in one of five board member seats for the newly formed Oversight Board for the Tustin Community Redevelopment Agency. Many of the prior Tustin RDA projects are within the Tustin Legacy development area and have potential impact on the ATEP site.
  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons report included: a proposal is under consideration for a new scheduled maintenance and facilities software system; proposals are out for bid for the SC Cafeteria, Vending and Coffee Carts, Bookstore, and Waste/Recycling; IVC's Great Lawn/Live Oak Terraces project is almost complete after the low bid contractor nearly went bankrupt and into default before the surety provided the district with a take over contractor; the district's employer contribution rates are likely to increase for CalPERS following a lower than anticipated rate of investment return of 7.5%. The projected increase in costs for FY 2012-2103 is $400,000 to $500,000.
VIEWING ONLINE/TV...............................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, April 1 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast III; Jordan Larson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs