College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
This study analyzed how students took on primary design and contractor roles with real projects. It is focused on the feasibility of getting students heavily involved with projects that are meant to be built for real clients. This study will review a specific project that multiple Cal Poly interdisciplinary teams undertook that heavily emphasized panelization strategies and working-class family affordability. First the paper introduces the initial goals the clients set out for the project. Next, it gives an overall background of the design process using integrated project delivery. It studies the interactions between students and the client in a short window of time. The study attempts to capture what the project scope was and how far a university could theoretically reach in partnering with private organizations to other communities. That real challenge arises when that reach is hindered by the timeline restriction of the quarter system. When working with this real client, the overall scope of the senior project changed significantly over time. Finally, this study gives an overall view on how the panelized housing was meant to be constructed and whether the team succeeded in doing what it originally set out to do.