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)

Brick Robbins, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The ability to modify an interior space with ease and reasonable cost is beneficial to designers, owners, and end-users. Modular interiors are not a new concept. Modular interior partitions can come in the form of Japanese Shoji screens, as well as folding walls that would be found in a convention center. While not new in concept, the market for products that allow partitioning an interior space with ease appears to be growing with the introduction of innovative products and solutions. This paper will focus on two student housing projects in San Luis Obispo, California, with regards to their design and decision making for interior partitions. Additionally, this paper will highlight new and innovative modular interior products. The first project in focus, the Academy Chorro, is a 27-unit mixed-use development with 1,600 square feet of retail space. The second project, located at 790 Foothill, also in San Luis Obispo is being built by the same design team and has incorporated lessons learned when choosing the best possible solution for partitioning rooms. Feedback from residents at the Chorro project found that the glass partitions used provided poor sound deadening characteristics. The design team took this into account when designing the development at 790 Foothill. Ideally, fully framed walls between rooms would be placed, however, it was learned that the city planning commission would not approve this due to the implications of adding to the bedroom count. Adding to the bedroom count would have implications throughout the project, making it unfeasible. The proposed improved solution for partitioning bedrooms at 790 Foothill has undergone several iterations.

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