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)

Joseph Cleary, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Students at California Polytechnic University have created an unsafe dirt trail down a hillside west of the Cerro Vista Apartment Complex on the university’s campus. This heavily traveled trail is a shortcut to an existing pedestrian pathway which connects Village Drive to Poly Canyon Village, as well as the R-3 and R-4 parking structures. The use of this trail raises alarm for potential safety concerns for students using it, especially during winter months when the hillside becomes very slippery. This paper outlines the design and preconstruction plan for the West Cerro Vista Stair Project, which proposes replacing the current trail with two independent concrete stairways. The scope of the preconstruction plan includes the preliminary design of the stairway, estimate of cost to construct, construction schedule, project cost forecast, site logistics plan, traffic control plan, risk hazard analysis, as well as a land acquisition and permitting plan. The purpose of this paper is to bring awareness of the safety concern with the existing trail, as well as provide a potential solution that may be continued into a final design phase and constructed in the proposed location