BS in Construction Management
Construction Management Department
Lonny G. Simonian, Phillip Barlow
California Polytechnic State University’s National Electrical Contractors Association Student Chapter (NECA) was selected by the ELECTRI Council to take part in its Student Passport Initiative program, through which participants engage in meaningful service-learning experiences in developing communities. The team was tasked with the design and construction of a photovoltaic system for San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School in San Pedro, Belize, with the purpose of enabling the school to achieve carbon neutrality with respect to utility grid power consumption. The team of five students collaborated primarily with two professors, two alumni, and an accomplished electrical contractor from Belize to perform six months of design and preconstruction work before ultimately delivering a fourteen-panel photovoltaic system with a projected average output of 13.4 kilowatt-hours per day. My role on this project was to manage shipping of materials and equipment from San Luis Obispo, California to Belize City, Belize, and to provide construction labor during the system’s installation. I worked directly with our NECA student scheduler and interfaced with our NECA student cost estimator during preconstruction. This project has provided outstanding lessons learned and has aided me in my professional development by demonstrating the incredible logistics and planning necessary to complete international projects.