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)

Joe Cleary, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The Woods Humane Society is a prominent animal care facility that aims to rehabilitate, rescue, and assist in the adoption of dogs and cats in the greater San Luis Obispo area. The property contains multiple dog playpen areas which consist of a concrete slab surrounded by a chain link fence, designed for the animals to have an open space to run around throughout the day. Employees are required to hose down the slab hourly to maintain a clean environment for the animals. When employees hose down the playpen areas, a considerable amount of water runs off the slab and into the soil on the outside of the playpen, resulting in the overgrowing of weeds and shrubbery, diminishing aesthetics, and producing potential hazards towards the dogs. To mediate this issue, the installation of a French drain was proposed. The 173 ft drain, 6” deep x 18” wide broken down into three sections, would border all dog playpen areas preventing further water runoff and weed growth. The French drain consisting of significant excavation, pressure treated lumber, gopher wire, weed barrier, and 2-3” Noiyo cobble stone was the work completed for this project.