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)

Daniel Knight, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The United Methodist Children Center in San Luis Obispo is a preschool for young children in our community. Some of these students are the children of Cal Poly faculty and staff. The previous drain was not draining water properly and was uneven with bumps and dips that became a hazard for the children. Children would trip, fall, and hurt themselves on the drain. A team of two Cal Poly Construction Management students Ethan Lin and Andy Abdelnour worked together to estimate, design, coordinate, demolish, and construct a new section of the drain that would be safe for the students. The roles were divided on the project with both members working on aspects of the preconstruction and construction phases. Ethan did the estimate, owner communications, schedule, and safety plan. Andy drew the schematic sketch, organized material shipments, and coordinated with Cal Portland for the concrete truck. Both students contributed significantly to the completion of the construction aspect of the project. The construction included the demolition of the existing drain, formwork, rebar layout, dowel drilling, pouring concrete, and finishing the concrete. The project was successful in not only removing the tripping hazards but also improving the water flow of the drain. Now the space is safe for the children to walk on.

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