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Skip The Grid: Giving Power To Navajo Nation, Ryan J. Schacherbauer 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Skip The Grid: Giving Power To Navajo Nation, Ryan J. Schacherbauer

Construction Management

Skip the Grid is a project organized by Heart of America, a nonprofit, looking to improve the education and overall wellbeing of children and their families. Many residents within Navajo Nation do not have access to continuous power and rely on temporary generators or car battery to obtain any kind of electricity. Heart of America partnered with the Red Mesa School District to identify families that did not have power, which was impacting the children’s ability to complete their online schoolwork. This senior project was comprised of an interdisciplinary team responsible for installing a working solar system on twelve homes …


Skip The Grid: Solar Powered Refrigeration In The Navajo Nation, Sydney Jo Sitton 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Skip The Grid: Solar Powered Refrigeration In The Navajo Nation, Sydney Jo Sitton

Construction Management

The Skip the Grid project was a combined effort of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students, and company sponsors SOLV Energy, Dometic, and Goal Zero, facilitated through the non-profit, Heart of America. The interdisciplinary project team successfully installed photovoltaic energy systems with refrigerators and lights for families within the Navajo Nation. Skip the Grid’s mission focuses on improving quality of life and providing access to clean, affordable off-grid energy. In the Navajo Nation, access to electricity and running water is not necessarily a given, with large disparities from family to family. This issue was exacerbated during …


Cvaf: Service Dog Kennel Construction, Spencer G. Allen 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Cvaf: Service Dog Kennel Construction, Spencer G. Allen

Construction Management

The California Veterans Assistance Foundation Service Dog Kennel Construction gave back to our country’s veterans by constructing new kennels for their service dogs. The previous kennel on the veteran residential site needed an upgrade due to the increased number of service dogs at the shelter. A team of two Cal Poly Construction Management students consisting of Spencer Allen and Luke Terrio worked to design, estimate, coordinate, and construct a new kennel structure for the site. The roles were divided on the project between the preconstruction and construction phases. During preconstruction Spencer’s role was to schedule the job and create the …


Skip The Grid: Installation Of Solar Powered Refrigeration In The Navajo Nation, Connor T. Avrit 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Skip The Grid: Installation Of Solar Powered Refrigeration In The Navajo Nation, Connor T. Avrit

Construction Management

The Skip the Grid project was a project completed with the joint efforts of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and many other company sponsors including Solv Energy, Dometic, Goal Zero and Heart of America a nonprofit. Skip the Grid’s project goal and outcomes was to improve the quality of life and provide clean sustainable off grid energy to families within the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is located in the Four Corners region of the United States with approximately a third of its residents without the means or circumstances to be tied into grid level power. …


Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range Shade Structure, Kevin Jaggers 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range Shade Structure, Kevin Jaggers

Construction Management

The Paso Robles Police Department uses a private shooting range about 15 minutes from their station and nearby the Paso Regional Airfield. This range is used for training and certifications and the California Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement organizations have access to do the same. The Paso Police department received a grant from the state to make improvements to the range and they have decided to allow Cal Poly students to use much of the grant to complete senior projects at the range. With the climate in Paso Robles being quite hot, with summer temperatures frequently in the …


Using Extended Realities To Teach Construction Management, Ryan A. Duca 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Using Extended Realities To Teach Construction Management, Ryan A. Duca

Construction Management

This project aimed to analyze the implementation of extended realities to teach construction management at the university level. Extended realities in this context are referring to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR); these are the two for which funding was received by Cavrnus. The foundation for this project started with the pre-existing lesson for the California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) residential construction class. The original lesson was constructed with the students learning the wood framing of a house by reading. While this is a suitable learning method for some it is not the best for all. This project …


Girls Build Summer Academy Leadership Summit, Itzell Ruiz 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Girls Build Summer Academy Leadership Summit, Itzell Ruiz

Construction Management

This paper highlights the activities and presentations that will take place during the women in construction leadership summit prior to the Girls Build Summer Academy for high school girls. The leadership summit is a two-day event that will consist of presentations on important leadership and construction topics. The presentations will cover topics such as confidence, safety, leadership assessment activity, tool shop training, emerging trends, career paths, jobsite visit, and a women’s panel. This leadership summit will be implemented in the summer of 2023 and will take place at Cal Poly’s campus in the Construction Innovations Center. The scope of this …


Alternative Redistribution Of Residential Solar Energy, David T. Holmes 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Alternative Redistribution Of Residential Solar Energy, David T. Holmes

Construction Management

The use of solar panels on residential structures has been prevalent since the mid 1970’s and over the decades their presence has become more pronounced and more valued. The creation of energy on-site using clean methods for an individual is truly a remarkable feat. As solar panels become increasingly common, so do the inherent issues and their supporting infrastructure. Of these issues a common inconvenience is what owners are to do with extraneous energy. What this entails is that an owner typically does not have means to store energy that is created in surplus, the resulting solution is the power …


Construction Of Concrete Modular Foundations - Procurement And Quality Control, Jackson M. Runyan 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Construction Of Concrete Modular Foundations - Procurement And Quality Control, Jackson M. Runyan

Construction Management

This project details the material procurement and quality control processes throughout the construction of two concrete modular foundations. The project focused on constructing the blocks as they were designed to ensure they meet strength parameters to be used in the High Bay Lab at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) for various testing performed as part of the curriculum for the Architectural Engineering (ARCE) and Construction Management (CM) departments. The complex designs, encompassing one-hundred coupler attachments and a dense rebar cage, required extensive attention and hours of labor and quality control review. This paper will cover …


Determining Student Interest For A Virtual Reality Safety Training Course, Courtney Martin 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Determining Student Interest For A Virtual Reality Safety Training Course, Courtney Martin

Construction Management

The purpose of Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department is to provide students with the best education they can get so they can be prepared for the challenges they may encounter in their professional careers. This research paper analyzes students' prior knowledge of virtual reality (VR) and determines the interest in creating a Construction Management (CM) technical elective covering VR and safety training which can help educate and train students about safety, hazardous jobsite situations, and accident prevention measures. This paper also examines the advantages of a VR construction training course taught on campus compared to online training without VR. VR …


3d Virtual Learning Spaces, Carter Melick 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

3d Virtual Learning Spaces, Carter Melick

Construction Management

Learning within the construction industry is challenging due to the complexity, size and variety of construction projects. This project aims to tackle these challenges through the use of 3D modeling and VR technologies. The project focuses on the teaching of structural steel framing with an emphasis on the stages/phases of construction. The first steps involved taking structural steel plans and using them to create a 3D model in Revit. The model is broken up into stages from foundation to roof framing to highlight the stages of construction. Once each model stage was finalized, it was imported into a 3D program …


Gauging Student Interest In A Leed Ga Exam Preparation Technical Elective Course, Hailey Lancaster 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Gauging Student Interest In A Leed Ga Exam Preparation Technical Elective Course, Hailey Lancaster

Construction Management

Being a LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) demonstrates a fundamental understanding of sustainable building principles and practices. Since green building is at the forefront of construction, there is no better way for Construction Management students to enter the industry prepared in this area than by taking the LEED General Associate exam. This paper is a case study that obtains students’ perspectives on implementing a new Construction Management technical elective course that will prepare students to successfully take and pass the LEED GA exam. A survey was conducted to gauge student familiarity with sustainability, as well as their interest in earning …


The Ranch Property Improvements, Jack Mauldin 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Ranch Property Improvements, Jack Mauldin

Construction Management

The Ranch is a ten-and-a-half-acre property that offers employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The Ranch focuses on growing small crops and plants that are then harvested by people with developmental disabilities, with the goal of giving them experience doing work on a farm-like property. The Ranch needed a more developed property; with very little areas to grow food and a chicken grazing area too small to support The Ranch’s goals, there needed to be some improvements done on the premises. The first proposed and completed improvement was to build a new garden box better equipped for the purposes …


San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Children's Learning Center Deck - The Preconstruction, Dakota Reynolds 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Children's Learning Center Deck - The Preconstruction, Dakota Reynolds

Construction Management

This project team consisted of three construction management majors and one architectural engineering student. The goal of this project was to build a deck at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, but due to setbacks in design, permitting, and communication with the owner, the group was unable to achieve this goal. The goal then shifted, and this group focused on delivering a preconstruction package that would be given to new students to build the deck. In addition, the architectural engineer will still be a part of this new group to make sure the project runs smoothly. This pre-construction package includes …


Sustainable Concrete And Its Current Stance In The Construction Industry, Morgan Hailey Gawle 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Sustainable Concrete And Its Current Stance In The Construction Industry, Morgan Hailey Gawle

Construction Management

Concrete is currently the second most consumed resource used in the world and the production of this material, mainly the production of cement, contributes to a little over 8% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. The concept of sustainable concrete is rapidly surfacing within the construction industry as environmental issues and concerns like global warming and climate change continue to worsen. Scientists have been and continue to consistently conduct studies to test if sustainable concrete is a possible solution to reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions that come straight from the construction industry. But some construction companies have concerns that …


Son Care Foundation - Shade Structure Construction, Nicole Bocanegra 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Son Care Foundation - Shade Structure Construction, Nicole Bocanegra

Construction Management

This paper will outline the preconstruction and construction processes that took place to erect a shade structure for the Son Care Foundation. This project included the design, estimate, and construction of the 8 ft tall shade structure. The structure was composed of pressure-treated lumber, concrete, metal post bases, and corrugated metal roofing. While originally expected to be around 15 foot in length, the final structure ended up being closer to 20 feet long. Based on existing shade structure of the foundation, the roof of the shade structure is sloped one way towards the back of the structure. The construction and …


Shabang Music Festival Seating, Carter L. Norton 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Shabang Music Festival Seating, Carter L. Norton

Construction Management

This outlines the process of the building and installation of four shaded seating areas at the SHABANG Music Festival located at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo. This paper places an emphasis on the pre-construction elements of the building stage. SHABANG Music Group rented out a section of Laguna Lake Park to host a music festival designed to bring the San Luis Obispo community together. The goal of the project discussed was to build a raised VIP seating area facing the main stage on which music lovers could relax while still being able to enjoy an unobstructed view of …


Updating The Cal Poly Construction Management Community Partners List, Braden Hotra 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Updating The Cal Poly Construction Management Community Partners List, Braden Hotra

Construction Management

The Cal Poly Construction Management Department currently has a list of community partners that students use to find organizations to contact for classes that involve construction service learning and senior project project-based ideas. There are many project-based class projects that are designed and built every year for organizations in the community. The current list needs to be updated to help construction service learning and project-based topics become more successful in the future. This project was created with the goal of updating the Cal Poly Construction Management Community Partners List with new community partners and an updated sheet layout that includes …


Landscape Storage Shed For Transitions-Mental Health Association, Jennifer Casey Knickerbocker 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Landscape Storage Shed For Transitions-Mental Health Association, Jennifer Casey Knickerbocker

Construction Management

The purpose of this paper is to outline the process of planning, designing, and constructing a storage shed for the non-profit organization, Transitions-Mental Health Association (T-MHA). This project was developed through a Cal Poly Construction Management course, CM 420, Service and Experiential Learning. The goal of this class is to gain experience through physical construction by building a service project for an organization or person who needs it. For this project, T-MHA asked that a storage chest be built for their landscaper who maintains the on-site garden. Due to multiple change orders by the owner, what was originally going to …


Oceanside Angler’S Club David Pine Memorial Weight Board, Tanner Joseph Pine 2022 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Oceanside Angler’S Club David Pine Memorial Weight Board, Tanner Joseph Pine

Construction Management

The David Pine Memorial Weight Board was constructed for the Oceanside Angler’s Club. I was contacted by this organization, to create a weigh board in founding member David Pine’s memory. The club had a previous weight board that was destroyed due to the harsh conditions of the coast. The process of building this board incorporated many of the facets taught in the Cal Poly curriculum. I had to work with the owners in order to create a suitable design, materials had to be acquired using alternative methods, subcontractors were worked with to create components of the board, and a schedule …


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