College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
This study analyzes the utility of a panelized exterior wall system in workforce housing. First, it introduces why the need for the project exists. Second, it touches on how Cal Poly procured the project and who the client is. Third, it lays out how the project was dealt with as far as its structure and the roles of the students taking part in the cohort. Fourth, it looks at the process of designing the panels, the various restrictions the students had to deal with in designing them, and how the panels changed over time due to new constraints being made or due to the constraints being loosened. Fifth, it discusses why certain panel design decisions were made and how the design of the panels affects the overall design and cost of the house. Finally, the study concludes by explaining the lessons learned from this panel design process and what the advantages and disadvantages of panelization were. The method of panelization discussed is not the most sustainable building method, however, in this specific case, panelization did provide for a large labor cost saving for the client. Since the primary goal of the project was to help working families to afford a home, panelization helped to make the project a success.