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Acronym for Computer-Aided Design.

Related Words  Computer-Aided Design


Acronym for Computer Aided Design & Drafting.

Related Words  Computer Aided Design & Drafting

California Code of Regulations, Title 24

California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, also known as the California Building Standards Code, is a compilation of three types of building standards from three different origins: Building standards that have been adopted by state agencies without change from building standards contained in national model codes; Building standards that have been adopted and adapted from the national model code standards to meet California conditions; Building standards, authorized by the California legislature, that constitute extensive additions not covered by the model codes that have been adopted to address particular California concerns.


California Community Colleges

Comprised of 109 community colleges and 72 community college districts.


California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

The Chancellor’s Office is the administrative branch of the California Community College system. Located in Sacramento, this state agency provides leadership and technical assistance to the 109 community colleges and 72 community college districts in California. It is also responsible for allocating state funding to the colleges and districts.


California Energy Commission

The CEC is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission has five major responsibilities: Forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data; Licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; Promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards; Developing energy technologies and supporting renewable energy; Planning for and directing state response to energy emergency.


California Public Utilities Commission

The CPUC regulates privately owned telecommunications, electric, natural gas, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC is responsible for assuring California utility customers have safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates, protecting utility customers from fraud, and promoting the health of California's economy.


California State Assembly Bill 1473

The state (including the CCCs) shall establish and annually update a five-year plan for funding infrastructure. The plan shall include input by the Legislature as provided in Section 13104. The plan shall identify state infrastructure needs and set out priorities for funding. Mandates year-to-year system-wide planning be submitted for government agencies state-wide.


California State Master Plan for Higher Education

The California Master Plan for Higher Education calls for a community college system open to all high school graduates and adults. For almost 40 years, postsecondary education in California has been guided by the Master Plan for Higher Education. The Master Plan today is not a single written report; rather, this terminology refers to the combined set of reports, statutes, and resolutions that have been adopted since, and which flow from, the 1960 report A Master Plan for Higher Education in California: 1960-1975. The Master Plan has served as the framework for the dramatic expansion – an eight-fold increase in enrollment from 1960 to today– of California’s higher education system, based in the tenets of affordable access to high quality education for all Californians.



An institution that is like a college in most respects, but may not offer a full complement of programs or services and is combined with other campuses or a college into a single institution for accreditation purposes.


Campus Plot Plan

The campus plot plan should be drawn to scale on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. It should clearly show the location of the proposed construction in relation to other campus buildings. Each building should be identified by name or function as shown in the facility inventory.


Campus Type Code

Lists the different types of campuses (campus, center, etc).



The amount of enrollment that can be accommodated by an amount of space given normal use levels. In terms of facility space standards, it is defined as the number of ASF per 100 WSCH.


Capital Improvements

Activities concerned with planning, defining capital projects (demolition, alterations, additions, or new facilities), securing funding, and developing each project: programming, design, bid, and construction. Activities are expanding to encompass the development or modification of new forms of educational delivery systems beyond those currently identified (classroom, laboratory, office, library, and audio visual/television).


Capital Outlay Budget Change Proposal

A type of Budget Change Proposal concerned with the construction of facilities and their related aspects. (See also Budget Change Proposal) Under the procedures proposed in this handbook, a community college COBCP is composed of three major components: an Initial Project Proposal (IPP), a Final Project Proposal (FPP) and a Project Summary transmittal form.


Capital Outlay Budgeting

The process of applying for capital funds, securing approvals, using and accounting for the funds.


Capital Outlay Quarterly Report

The Capital Outlay Quarterly Report (COQR) contains a combination of all fiscal data (appropriations, augmentations, reversions & fund transfers), comments regarding status of project (reason for delays, details of change orders, issues pending, etc.) and a date schedule of the project. The purpose of the COQR is to monitor the status/progress of each active capital outlay appropriation. As per the California State Administrative Manual (SAM) section 6864 the Community College District (District) is required to submit COQR(s) for any active capital outlay appropriation.


Capital Projects

Are specific construction projects, such as land, utilities, roads, buildings, and equipment projects. Capital projects may also be thought of in terms of 'facilities systems'.


Category A-1

Projects that address imminent dangers to the life or safety of building occupants. Each proposed solution is to be the least cost permanent solution and provides for no change in program function and no increase in site capacity.


Category A-2

Projects that provide equipment funding to complete previously state-funded construction projects. State-funded projects are to be equipped to the extent there is expansion space created for existing programs or space is created that enable the site to offer a new program.


Category A-3

Projects that address seismic deficiencies or potential seismic risk in existing buildings. Each proposed solution is to be the least cost permanent solution and provides for no change in program function and no increase in site capacity.


Category A-4

Projects that address the repair or replacement of infrastructure in existing buildings or on existing sites that is subject to immediate failure. Each proposed solution is to be the least cost permanent solution and provides for no change in program function and no increase in site capacity.


Category B

To increase instructional capacity.


Category C

To modernize instructional space.


Category D

To promote a complete campus concept. D-1 Physical education, performing arts, child development facilities, and other capital projects which promote a complete campus. D-2 Cafeterias, maintenance shops, warehouses and capital energy projects.


Category E

To increase institutional support services capacity.


Category F

To modernize institutional support services space.


CC League

Acronym for Community College League of California.

Related Words  Community College League of California


Acronym for California Community Colleges.

Related Words  California Community Colleges


Acronym for System Wide Capital Outlay 5 Year Plan.

Related Words  System Wide Capital Outlay 5 Year Plan


Acronym for California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

Related Words  California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office


Acronym for California Energy Commission.

Related Words  California Energy Commission


Acronym for Certification status.


Certification memo

Space to keep track whether the certification memo has been sent for the district.


Change Order

Any change made to a signed contract is called a change order.



Acronym for FUSION/COMET/IMPACT Children.

Related Words  Facilities Tree


An application to provide secure access to different online applications, and it enables various elements of the FUSION system to share data. COMET users must first login through Citrix Metaframe before gaining access to COMET. Citrix is a “thin client/fat server” application that runs on a standard desktop computer. It gives the user the illusion they are running a program on their computer when in actuality they are running a program on a remotely located server. When opened, Citrix connects to the internet and accesses a desired software application on the remote server. To a user running a program with Citrix, it looks like they are running the program on their own desktop computer. This is because the user’s desktop transmits the user’s keystrokes and mouse movement to the server. The input is then processed by the server and it then transmits video back to the user’s desktop. This series of two way transmissions gives the user the illusion they are running the program on their desktop when in reality they are running a program on a server which could be thousands of miles away.


Closed Specifications

Limits competitive bidding by establishing such stringent requirements that only a single material or system can meet them. Closed specifications cannot be used on public projects except: 1) in an emergency, 2) when they are part of an existing system, 3) when it has been determined to be in the public's best interest or 4) it is required for a test of a material or product to determine its suitability for future use.



Acronym for Capital Outlay Budget Change Proposal.

Related Words  Capital Outlay Budget Change Proposal


Acronym for Capital Outlay Claim Form.


Collaborative Learning

Instruction method in which students move about, working in small groups, sometimes with specially designed workstations.



A degree-granting institution intended to provide instruction through the second year of college, including but not limited, to one or more of the following categories: (1) standard collegiate courses for transfer to higher institutions; (2) vocational and technical fields leading to employment; or (3) general or liberal arts courses for which institution the district intends to obtain accreditation.


College Master Plan

The written plan that results from the process by which a college determines the educational needs of its service area, identifies its priorities for meeting these needs, based partly upon state standards and priorities, and assures that all of its educational operations, facilities and other resources are effectively directed towards meeting these needs.



Acronym for Condition Management Estimation Technology.


Community College League of California

The Community College League of California is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 72 local community college districts in California. It was formed in 1990 as the result of a merger of the California Association of Community Colleges, the California Community College Trustees and the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges.


Computer Aided Design & Drafting

The analysis, design, modeling, simulation, and/or layout of building design with the aid of a computer.


Computer-Aided Design

The production of engineering or architectural plans, drawings, visual displays, specifications, bills of materials, etc., using an interactive computer system and operator-provided numerical input.


Condition Management Estimation Technology

An application used primarily by facility condition assessors to record data collected for each district. It was the initial tool by which college districts were able to review, query and generate reports on the condition of their campuses. Much of the capability to query and report of campus condition assessments is now available through the easy-to-use Assessment module within FUSION.



Construction of the project as defined by the contract documents and any formal changes to the contract. It also includes equipment and system activation commissioning and post-occupancy evaluations.


Construction Administration or Construction Management

The purpose of the 'construction management' phase is to build the project as defined by the contract documents and any formal changes made to the contract. Construction administration by the owner's representative includes interaction with the: 1) contractor on meetings, submittals, clarifications, change orders, payments, schedule, inspections, records, contract close-out procedures and all other aspects of construction; 2) district representatives on progress and expenditure reports, change orders, code approval reviews, and decisions; and 3) the architect and the inspector on their work. Aspects of construction administration such as ongoing quality control testing and inspections, contract change orders, disputes and claims, contract close-out procedures, equipment commissioning, and post-occupancy procedures are discussed in the remaining parts of this chapter.


Construction Specifications Institute

Sets a standard system of construction categories that makes it easier to classify deficiencies and construction projects.



Acronym for Capital Outlay Quarterly Report.


Cost Efficiency

A new factor to consider when evaluating capital improvements. In some circumstances, it is cost efficient to make a one-time capital improvement in exchange for an ongoing reduction in operation budget or a reduction in financial risk. With a broader definition of capital outlay, new possibilities arise with regard to cost efficiencies. It may be appropriate to provide the funds for a one-time capital outlay project, if there is an ongoing reduction in operations cost or financial risk. It also may be appropriate to provide funds for installation of an electronic delivery system in lieu of building construction.


Cost Estimate Summary and Anticipated Time Schedule

An accurate completed Cost Estimate Summary (JCAF 32), indexed to the appropriate time period, including the "Quantities and Unit Costs Supporting the JCAF 32" (commonly called the architect's costs estimate) is required for all projects. All costs should be estimated to the mid-point of construction. In addition, date all cost estimates showing month and year and give a clear accounting of all State and non-state funds involved. Supporting data is required for all utility, site development, and new building reconstruction costs. Contractors' overhead and mark-up costs should be included in the system cost and not be added to the end of the supporting data as a lump sum.


Cost Model

A cost model is made up of the various systems in a facility, with estimates on their standard cost per square foot, lifespan, and point at which they should be renewed. Cost models are made up of parametric estimates of the facility based on factors that affect construction, such as materials used, construction method used, etc. Once a cost model is built, it can be applied to a facility to assist in predicting when the facility's systems will need replacement in the future.



Acronym for California Public Utilities Commission.

Related Words  California Public Utilities Commission


Acronym for Change Request.



Acronym for Construction Specifications Institute.

Related Words  Construction Specifications Institute

Cumulative capacity load

Analysis is to determine the impact each project will have on each type of space analyzed, both in terms of assignable square feet and weekly student contact hours. “Capacity” is the capability a facility has to generate contact hours and “load” equates to the current or projected enrollment levels.


Current capacity

Current capacity = net capacity. Net capacity is Current total ASF - Excess capacity.


Current Total ASF

Current total ASF for the space inventory and projects in the pipeline. For the space inventory ASF, the ASF is gathered on a room by room basis and sorted by Title V category, based on the room use load code. For the projects in the pipeline, the distribution of space information is used to determine what Title V inventory has been funded at each campus. Once both the space inventory and projects in the pipeline are known, they are both summed up by Title V categories to get the current total ASF.