Florida Senate - 2016 SB 442 By Senator Flores 37-00516-16 2016442__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to educational facilities; creating s. 3 1013.385, F.S.; providing for school district 4 construction flexibility; authorizing exceptions to 5 educational facilities construction requirements under 6 certain circumstances; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Section 1013.385, Florida Statutes, is created 11 to read: 12 1013.385 School district construction flexibility.— 13 (1) A district school board may, with a supermajority vote 14 at a public meeting that begins no earlier than 5 p.m., adopt a 15 resolution to implement one or more of the exceptions to the 16 educational facilities construction requirements provided in 17 this section. Before voting on the resolution, a district school 18 board must conduct a cost-benefit analysis prepared according to 19 a professionally accepted methodology that describes how each 20 exception selected by the district school board achieves cost 21 savings, improves the efficient use of school district 22 resources, and impacts the life-cycle costs and life span for 23 each educational facility to be constructed, as applicable, and 24 demonstrates that implementation of the exception will not 25 compromise student safety or the quality of student instruction. 26 The district school board must conduct at least one public 27 workshop to discuss and receive public comment on the proposed 28 resolution and cost-benefit analysis, which must begin no 29 earlier than 5 p.m. and may occur at the same meeting at which 30 the resolution will be voted upon. 31 (2) A resolution adopted under this section may propose 32 implementation of exceptions to requirements of the uniform 33 statewide building code for the planning and construction of 34 public educational and ancillary plants adopted pursuant to ss. 35 553.73 and 1013.37 relating to: 36 (a) Interior nonload-bearing walls, by approving the use of 37 fire-rated wood stud walls in new construction or remodeling for 38 interior nonload-bearing wall assemblies that will not be 39 exposed to water or located in wet areas. 40 (b) Walkways, roadways, driveways, and parking areas, by 41 approving the use of designated, stabilized, and well-drained 42 gravel or grassed student parking areas. 43 (c) Standards for relocatables used as classroom space, as 44 specified in s. 1013.20, by approving construction 45 specifications for installation of relocatable buildings that do 46 not have covered walkways leading to the permanent buildings 47 onsite. 48 (d) Site lighting, by approving construction specifications 49 regarding site lighting that: 50 1. Do not provide for lighting of gravel or grassed 51 auxiliary or student parking areas. 52 2. Provide lighting for walkways, roadways, driveways, 53 paved parking lots, exterior stairs, ramps, and walkways from 54 the exterior of the building to a public walkway through 55 installation of a timer that is set to provide lighting only 56 during periods when the site is occupied. 57 3. Allow lighting for building entrances and exits to be 58 installed with a timer that is set to provide lighting only 59 during periods in which the building is occupied. The minimum 60 illumination level at single-door exits may be reduced to no 61 less than 1 footcandle. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.