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)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The City Farm of SLO is a local nonprofit for San Luis Obispo that functions as an education center for individuals looking to live more sustainably. This organization teaches different aspects of farming such as planting crops, taking care of them, how to care for a wide variety of farm animals, and maintain the health of the farm. To achieve all these objectives, facilities must be in place to ensure the correct number of materials are available. One lacking feature of this farm is the space to store animal feed. Before this project the food was stored outside subject to the weather. After a meeting with the farm manager, Shane Lovell, a senior project to build a shed was created. An 8’ by 12’ shed was determined to be sufficient to provide space for all the animal feed. It took five months of planning and finding outside sponsors to fund the entirety of the project. From several sponsors $7,500 was raised in addition to donated construction materials. After funding was secured, construction began, which took just 2 months to build. This project was built under budget and without having to use any of the 12% contingency that was accounted for.