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)

Philip L. Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The purpose of this paper is to outline the process of planning, designing, and constructing a storage shed for the non-profit organization, Transitions-Mental Health Association (T-MHA). This project was developed through a Cal Poly Construction Management course, CM 420, Service and Experiential Learning. The goal of this class is to gain experience through physical construction by building a service project for an organization or person who needs it. For this project, T-MHA asked that a storage chest be built for their landscaper who maintains the on-site garden. Due to multiple change orders by the owner, what was originally going to be a wooden chest blossomed into a large shed with a concrete foundation. The concrete foundation was completed for CM 420 and the shed was built and finished as a project-based senior project. The project took two months to complete and was built mostly off-site before being transported to the T-MHA site for finishing touches. The shed stands at 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide with a 2x4 frame, T1-11 siding, and a slanted, composite shingled roof. The shed contains all of the landscaper’s tools and will be on the T-MHA property for years to come.