College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


A residential fence estimate, design, and rebuild was completed by Michael Cerone and Andrew Shafer, two Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Construction Management (CM) students for an elderly member of the local San Luis Obispo (SLO) community. The beneficiary lives on Kentucky St. near Cerone and has been living in San Luis Obispo for 30 years. The reconstruction idea came about when Cerone noticed her existing fence was extremely worn and damaged. Cerone suggested that he and Shafer could build her a new fence, free of charge. The beneficiary stated she could not afford to get a new one built professionally, a cost-free reconstruction was very appealing. The full scope of the project included conceptual estimates, computerized design, and construction, painting of the fence, and landscaping around the new fence. Funding for the project was secured by Labdesign, a Bay Area lab equipment installation company run by the parents of two Cal Poly alumni. Several logistical issues were encountered by the builders when constructing the fence, but they ultimately provided a high quality finished project. The completed construction made the beneficiary ecstatic, as well as providing rewarding learning experiences about construction processes and variability to the builders.