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)

Andrew Kline, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper covers the planning, fundraising, design, construction, and installation associated with building the Growing Grounds Farm of Santa Maria greenhouse planter bench tables. Growing Grounds prides itself on nourishing the local community through a combination of horticulture therapy, and vocational training for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The farm offers various opportunities for socialization and interaction with coworkers and customers. After meeting with the farm managers, Anna Wiens and Keith Bartlett, it was clear that this project was of the highest priority. Upon agreement of the project, the farm managers and I determined the future vision and narrowed expectations into a concise project scope. This paper describes the steps to fundraise, design, plan, and build the desired project for Growing Grounds. This individual project was assisted by fellow Cal Poly student volunteers and funded by four local construction companies. Full funding was secured over the span of two months which consisted of networking and contacting local construction companies. Shortly after funding was received, off-site prefabrication construction and installation occurred. The final deliverable was completed one month prior to the farm manager’s desired deadline. This project was completed in three months and $3,633 was donated for this project.

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