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 Paso Robles Police Department has a shooting range located just outside the Paso Robles Airport. The range is a newer facility that is used for training by the Paso Robles Police, as well as departments from surrounding cities. The flagpole for the range, located at the top of the hill, was inaccessible due to the brush overgrowth, gopher holes, and uneven terrain. Thus, the department needed a new staircase to improve accessibility to the flagpole so the red flag can be flown while the shooting range is in use. With many neighboring facilities, such as the remote-control plane club, rocket engine testing facilities, the Links Golf Course, the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, and the bordering winery, it is important that the flag be flown at the appropriate times to maximize safety. The department requested wood stairs without handrails, starting from ground level up to the top of the hill. The final product consisted of about 30 feet of floating wood stairs that are 3.5’ wide. The stairs are held by 10 concrete footings, attached with a 4x4 post. At the top of the stairs, there is an extended landing to allow for proper access to the flagpole.

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