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)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The purpose of this project was to address the lack of appropriate facilities for women in the construction industry, specifically regarding portable toilets and how they can pose health and safety risks. To do so, a hackathon event was organized with the goal of brainstorming solutions to improve the current design and functionality of portable toilets. This paper provides an overview of what a hackathon is and why it was chosen for this project, and the planning involved. The event took place in the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab on California Polytechnic State University’s campus on June 8th and 9th, 2023. Also outlined in this paper are the milestones of the event including a description and visuals of each logistics plan that was created, as well as a detailed summary of the day-of operations. The hackathon provided a platform for participants to use their creative minds and develop physical and digital models to present their solutions. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of considering women’s needs in the construction industry and discusses further research opportunities, such as exploring other disparities that women face in the construction industry.