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)

Lonny Simonian, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


California wildfires are among the most pervasive and commonly occurring natural threats to the state. Especially considering the incremental increase in frequency and destruction of wildfires, there is a crucial need for modernized policies aimed at both preventative measures as well as viable responses. My project will analyze how the exponentially growing prominence of California wildfires has affected the landscape of the construction business, revealing the need for modernized protocols that could aid in prevention. These factors include the full scope of short and long term economic damages inflicted by wildfires, fluctuations in labor and material prices, and resulting disruptions in project deadlines. Additionally, this paper will analyze the cost benefit of existing fire-retardant materials already implemented in the construction industry. Through meticulous analysis of these factors, this paper will propose considerations that both government agencies and construction companies in California should adapt in order to preemptively mitigate the detrimental consequences posed by fires.