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)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The “Powerhouse” is currently an abandoned building located next to the Construction Innovations Center on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The building was constructed in 1908 and is currently the oldest standing building located on campus. Students at Cal Poly have always been aware of the building, as it takes up a significant portion of campus and is located in an area that receives a lot of foot traffic. Unfortunately, many Cal Poly students and faculty are uninformed as to the building’s history since it has been boarded-up and abandoned since 1990. This paper examines the Powerhouse building’s history together with an analysis of how feasible it would be to have the building demolished and replaced. Due to the lack of published historical information on the building, the University's Facilities Management Department, was interviewed. Since being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, there have been a few attempts to make use of the building space, but they all failed in different ways. This paper attempts to address the most difficult hurdles that would need to be overcome in order to make-way for a useable campus building.

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