Agreements (Systemwide): Master Enabling Agreements and Job Order Contracts

Systemwide Master Enabling Agreements

Systemwide agreements fall into three categories:

1.  Service Provider Master Enabling Agreements

Various service agreements with governing baseline services are established as Master Enabling Agreements (MEA). Such agreements may only be developed by the CSU Office of the Chancellor; however, they are developed to provide specific services available to all the campuses of the CSU by predetermined providers.

Extra services outside the scope of an MEA may not be authorized by the campus unless the extra service is described within the MEA. Capital Planning, Design and Construction shall be consulted with regard to campus proposed extra services.

These agreements are fully executed, systemwide master enabling agreements. All the terms and conditions, including specific services and fees, are pre-defined. The respective agreements are shown for reference. The signed agreements and the certificates of insurance are maintained on file at the Office of the Chancellor.

To authorize services, execute a Service Order Authorization (SOA) to a Service Provider. When applicable, indicate which rider(s) you are authorizing and calculate/confirm the appropriate fee(s). Service Providers will begin services upon receipt of the SOA.

Microsoft Word files are indicated with “.doc” in the filename. When opened, the Exhibit A document will be fully editable.

2.  Site License Master Enabling Agreeements

These MEAs are established after the completion of an advertised solicitation.  These MEAs select qualified firms to design, install energy improvements on campuses.  In some instances these firms also operate, and maintain energy systems on CSU or auxiliary properties.  The operator recovers their investment in these systems by providing energy services to the CSU for a term of operations. 

There are currently two types of these agreements one for photovoltaic installations and one for battery energy storage installations.  These types of agreements are known in the industry as power purchase agreements.  These MEAs can provide the major building blocks for campuses to create energy resilience through microgrids that can operate a portion of the campus when grid power fails.

3.  Job Order Construction (JOC) Contracts

This is an annual construction contract with a prequalified contractor to accomplish minor capital outlay maintenance, repair or improvement projects by utilizing a construction task catalog for pricing.

The campus will notify the prequalified contractor of a project, solicit and evaluate the proposal response, and may issue a Job Order if acceptable. Each job order is limited to the minor capital project threshold.

Firm Name & LocationSample Service Order Authorization (Rider D) (PDF)Base Agreement (PDF)
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 955-6495
Sample Rider D 170717
Colliers International
865 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 417-3319
Sample Rider D 170718
CBRE, Inc.
350 Sansome Street, Suite 840
San Francisco, CA 94104
Sample Rider E 20-398
The Dore Group, Inc.
1010 University Avenue, Suite C207
San Diego, CA 92103
Sample Rider E
Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory LLC
3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 2200
San Jose, CA 95128
Sample Rider E
Firm Name & LocationSample Service Order Authorization (Rider E) (PDF) Base Agreement (PDF)
Keyser Marston Associates, Inc.
160 Pacific Avenue, Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 398-3050
Sample Rider E 160162
Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc.
5 Park Plaza, Suite 1520
(949) 861-8340
Sample Rider E 160163
BAE Urban Economics, Inc.
2600 10th Street, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 547-9380
Sample Rider E 170537
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
300 South Grand, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Sample Rider E 
Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
200 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Sample Rider E
Firm Name & Location
AECOM Technical Services, Inc
300 California Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 896-9261
Sample Rider E 160078
605 Third Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-5147
Sample Rider E 160079
Gatzke Dillion & Ballance LLP
2762 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 431-9501
Sample Rid​er E 160080
Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
444 South Flower Street, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 362-9480
Sample Rider E 160081
Rincon Consultants, Inc.
180 North Ashwood Avenue
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-4455
Sample Rider E 16008​2
Amee Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
9210 Sky Park Court, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 300-4300
Sample Rider E 160083
ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc.
630 K Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(949) 333-6610
Sample Rider E 160084
Ascent Environmental, Inc.
600 B Street, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101 
(858) 354-4151 
Sample Rider E 180758​

Building code review applies to all CSU construction and renovation work as well as maintenance operations.

Building code approval for all CSU projects may be performed directly by the Campus Deputy Building Official (CDBO) or, on their behalf, by any of the authorized plan check firms under systemwide agreements. The plan check firms provide only an opinion and recommendation as to code compliance or failure to comply. The CDBO is responsible to make the official determination for code approval.

The base scope of the Plan Check Review (Rider B-1) is intended for the 95% Construction Documents code compliance review that covers all aspects and disciplines of the project. Supplementary advisory fire code/code assessment review and access compliance code review prior to the 95% Construction Documents reviews are available on a negotiated fee basis as part of Rider B-2 of the Service Order. Additional reviews may be negotiated as part of the Rider B-2 of the MEA.

Firm Name & Location Review Scope Exhibit A (Service Order Authorization) (.doc) Agreement (.pdf)
Bureau Veritas
Sacramento, CA
(916) 725-4200

Craig Baptista
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180471.A
Hayer Consultants, Inc.
4067 Hardwick St., PMB 250
Lakewood, CA 90712

Mandhir Hayer
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180477.A 180477
m6 Consulting
Westlake Village, CA
(805) 379-1015

Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180472.A 180472​
Municipal Plan Check
1550 Parkside Drive, #125
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 378-7311

Suzanne Park
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180476.A
Shums Coda Associates
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 463-0651

Christine Godinez
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180473.A 180473​
SMR Associates
San Diego, CA
(619) 294-6600

Mehdi Rashti
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180474.A 180474​
West Coast Code Consultants
2400 Camino Ramon, Suite 240
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 275-1700

Giyan Senaratne
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180478.A 180​478
Willdan Engineering
Roseville, CA
(916) 924-7000 

Jonathan Mitchell
(916) 662-0634
Plan Check & Preliminary Code Assessment 180475.A 18​0475

A seismic assessment is required for all projects according to Board of Trustees’ policy.

For Major Capital Projects, an outside seismic peer review is required by the specific peer reviewer or his/her designee assigned to each campus.

Minor Capital Projects may be submitted for peer review, or may be reviewed and approved administratively by the campus, at the discretion of the Campus Deputy Building Official. This is discussed more fully in Section 3.7, Peer Review for Small Projects, of the CSU Seismic Policy. Seismic Peer Reviewers are assigned to individual campuses of the CSU.  

All peer reviews for the indicated campuses or their off-campus locations are to be performed by the named individuals or their designees. Contact CPDC for determination of applicability for unlisted locations.   

Peer reviews of investigations that are undertaken specifically to investigate the occurrence of geologic and geotechnical seismic hazards (e.g., faulting, liquefaction, land sliding) must be conducted by the Systemwide - Geotechnical the peer reviewer.

Firm Name & Location

Location Assignment

Service Order Authorization (Exhibit C)Base Agreement (PDF)
San Francisco, CA
(509) 529-5350

Charles Thiel, Jr., Ph.D.
  • San Francisco State University
180446.C 180446
Englekirk Institutional
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 733-6673

Thomas Sabol, Ph.D., S.E.
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
180439.C 21-483
Estructure, Inc.
Oakland, CA
(510) 235-3116

Maryann Phipps, S.E.
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Sonoma State University
180487.C 21-484
John Egan
Danville, CA
(925) 785-2681

John Egan, P.E., G.E.
  • Systemwide - Geotechnical
180442.C 21-485
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 483-6490

John A. (Trailer) Martin, Jr., S.E
  • Office of the Chancellor 
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • San Diego State University
180441.C 21-4​​86​
Richard Niewia​​rowski
Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 937-0417

Richard Niewiarowski, S.E.

  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Stanislaus 
  • San José State University
180443.C 21-487
Laguna Hills, CA
(949) 595-8182

K. Dirk Bondy, S.E.
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • California State University San Marcos
180444.C 21-488​
Theodore Zsutty
San Jose, CA
(408) 265-8518

Theodore C. Zsutty, Ph.D., S.E
  • Emeritus  Status - Completion of existing executed contracts


A Mechanical Systems Review (MSR) is required for all major capital projects, both state- and non-state-funded, within the CSU system.  Separate Electrical Systems Review (ESR) is highly encouraged, but not required.  Inclusion of a generator, battery storage, or use of project facility for essential functions of the university during an emergency may contribute to inclusion of ESR.

Campuses may select any Mechanical Review Board (MRB) member to perform the project MSR and/orESR. While the MSR is provided as an advisory to the campus, MSR letters of concurrence are required during the schematic and the construction document phases of the design. To gain full benefit of this review, campuses are encouraged to consider the campus-selected MRB reviewer as an extension of their staff.

MemberExhibit ‘C’- Service Order and Authorization to Proceed [Mechanical] [Electrical] Systems Review Base Agreement (PDF)
Jairam (Jai) Agaram, P.E.
Digital Energy, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 374-1777
180454.C 180454
Steve Straus, P.E.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 398-7667
180455.C 180455
Douglas Effenberger, P.E.
Power Engineering
Brea, CA
(714) 524-9100
180458.C 180458
Kent Peterson, P.E.
P2S, Inc.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 497-2999
180457.C 180457
Steven Taylor, P.E.
Taylor Engineering
Alameda, CA
(510) 749-9135
180459.C 180459
John Andary, P.E. LEED AP
Integral Group, Inc.
Oakland, CA
(415) 640-4415
180456.C 180456​

Building commissioning is required for all new construction over 10,000 square feet, according to the California Building Code. By policy, the California State University expands this requirement to include new and renovation construction of $3,000,000 or greater in construction costs.

Campuses are encouraged to coordinate commissioning policy requirements with Capital Planning Design and Construction (CPDC) planners at the Office of the Chancellor at the onset of each project.

Systemwide Commissioning (Cx) and Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) Master Enabling Agreements have been executed to support CSU commissioning efforts. Campuses may contract with any of the listed MEA firms through their respective MEA agreements.

Campuses will continue to have the option to select either providers from the MEA listing or enter into contracts via Service Agreement with any other qualified firm. When entering into individual Service Agreements outside of the MEA, it is recommended that the Cx and MBCx scopes shown in the base MEA agreements be used for consistency. Contact CPDC’s department of Architecture and Engineering for more information.

Firm Name & Location
Commissioning Member
Digital Energy, Inc.
128 Auburn Court, Suite 106
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 374-1777
180465.A 180465
18200 Von Karman Ave Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612
180466.A 180466
P2S, Inc.
5000 East Spring Street, 8th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 497-2999
180468.A 180468
Power Engineering Services Inc.
2703 Saturn St. Brea, Ca 92821
(714) 524-9100
180469.A 180469
Taylor Engineering
1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 501
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 749-9135

Proper stewardship of the CSU’s facilities requires knowledge of the various components in each building to determine which repairs or modifications may be necessary to restore the systems and building to an acceptable condition and to provide for long-range facility renewal planning.

A Facilities Condition Assessment will provide this information by inspecting each of the discrete building categories. This includes an evaluation of several building systems, including but not limited to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; structural and architectural components; vertical transportation systems; access compliance; and utilities as they relate to each asset in the inspection.

A Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) Master Enabling Agreement has been executed with a pre-qualified firm. Campuses may contract with this firm through the agreement provided below to provide Facility Condition Assessment services. Terms and conditions, including specific fees, have been pre-established in this agreement.

Firm Name & Location
Mr. Edward Gee
ISES Corporation
2165 W. Park Court, Suite N
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 879-7376
4670.B 4670

The values below are provided for reference only. They reflect Agency/MEA Agreement amounts or aggressive generic estimates. 2-7 Budget amounts include reserves and will indicate higher amounts.

2016 CSU Project Review Fee Reference Sheet (PDF)

  • Special Small Project review fee for Plan Check may apply. Check MEA agreement and provider for applicability.
  • CSU Independent Plan Check fees per MEA. A standard review includes access compliance, fire, structural and all aspects of the California Code of Regulations Title 24 review.
  • DSA Agency Review Fees Per DSA Online Fee Calculator. Verify the current DSA Fees.
  • CASp reviews may be provided in-house or procured on a negotiated fee basis. Fees indicated are generic guidelines only.
  • State Fire Marshal (SFM) services are provided at an hourly rate ($237.39 per hour in 2016). SFM fees indicated are ideal case approximations.

Although there is no MEA established, a shortlist of prequalified project management firms that have been competitively proposed and qualitatively scored by a committee are identified below. Campuses are free to directly establish contracts with any of these firms. A combined Job Order Contracting rate schedule is also provided for reference although the services provided are not limited to JOC.

FIRMS: (for CSU staff, login required)

Vendor Product/Service Store Category Agreement # CSU Contact Term Begin Term End
C Below, Inc.Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public Works
CN0000693 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
PDM GEL Solutions, Inc.Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public WorksCN00000694 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Subsurface Utility Mapping Services Public WorksPublic WorksCN0000692 Kevin Laut 6/18/2018 6/17/2019
Vendor Product/Service Store Category Agreement # CSU Contact For Auxiliary Use Term Begin Term End
EcoVox, Inc. Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150254 Verna Ale Paniani
No 11/19/2015 11/19/2018
EnergyCAP, Inc. Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150255 Verna Ale Paniani No 11/19/2015 11/19/2018
EnernocProvide Energy Info System services Public Works150192 Verna Ale Paniani 9/21/2015 9/21/2018
Siemens Industry Energy Information System (EIS) services Public Works150501 Verna Ale Paniani 9/21/2015 9/21/2018
Contracted Service Provider MEA Base Agreement
Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
5005 Texas Street, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108

Cameron Thorne | cthorne@borregosolar.com
800 W Main St, Suite 900
Boise, ID 83702
208-639-3232 ext 102

Jared McKee | jared.mckee@clenera.com
EDF Renewable Energy
15445 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

Michael Robinson | michael.robinson@edf-re.com
Engie (formerly Opterra)
500 12th Street Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607

Anthony Lumino | anthony.lumino@engie.com
100 Montgomery St, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94104

Brian Taylor | Btaylor@forefrontpower.com
General Electric International, Inc.
2700 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583

Eric Pollack | eric.pollock@ge.com
SitelogIQ (Formerly Indoor Environmental Services - IES)
1512 Silica Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95815

Desiree Haus| desiree.haus@sitelogiq.com​
REC Solar Commercial Corporation
3450 Broad Street, Suite 105
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Alex Crown | acrown@recsolar.com
Stronghold Engineering, Inc.
2000 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Nam Le | nam@permacity.com​
Cory Vaughn | cory@lambenergy.com
1414 Harbour Way
South Richmond, CA 94804

Nathan Griset | nathan.griset@sunpower.com
285 Bel Marin Keys Blvd Suite J
Novato, CA 94949

Chris Bunas | cbunas@sunterrasolar.com
Solar IV Master Enabling Agreement

*More information on the Solar IV and Battery Storage
program is available here​.
Contracted Service Provider

MEA Base Agreement
EDF Renewables
15445 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

Michael Robinson | Michael.Robinson@edf-re.com
Engie Services
500 12th Street
Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94607

Anthony Lumino | Anthony.Lumino@engie.com
100 Montgomery St, Suite 725
San Francisco, CA 94104

Brian Taylor | Btaylor@forefrontpower.com
Sunpower Corporation
1414 Harbour Way
South Richmond, CA 94804

Nathan Griset | nathan.griset@sunpower.com
Battery Energy Storage Master Enabling Agreement Template
MEA Template

Job Order Contracts allow the CSU to put immediately-available contractors in place on a substantial number of projects with one competitively bid contract. There are several different JOCs established to perform general and specific types of work. Additionally, in support of the JOC, we’ve included a list of Construction Management Firms who are prequalified to provide construction management services.

The Job Order Contracting (JOC) pre-bid presentation slides are made available to illustrate the JOC concept, required bid documents and information on how to read and evaluate the Construction Task Catalog (Unit Pricing). A contractor who has never bid a JOC is strongly recommended to view the pre-bid presentation.

11 Northern California State University Campuses:
(Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Maritime, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, and Stanislaus)

11 Southern California State University Campuses and the Office of the Chancellor:
(Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Marcos and Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach)

Use the following links to view Prequalified CM Firms and Job Order Contract Agreements (For CSU staff, login required)

Visit the Gordian site to learn more about the CSU JOC program or use the following link to view the Gordian Group - CSU Immediate Response - Big Note (For CSU staff, login required)