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)

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


This paper covers the design process by a team of students from Cal Poly to provide a chicken coop for the San Luis Obispo High School FFA Farm. The project, initiated in Summer of 2023, aimed to replace their existing temporary chicken coops with a larger, better functioning structure that could house their 10+ chickens comfortably. The paper focuses primarily on the design phase but touches briefly on material procurement and construction. Through meetings with the client, the team developed a design that met the school’s design criteria and educational needs. The design process involved collaboration and many iterations of feedback to refine the structure's layout, features, and materials. Key features of the design included a raised, fully enclosed coop with nesting boxes and student access. Feedback from the school led to adjustments such as repositioning the entrance, enlarging the nesting boxes, and incorporating a perch. The paper concludes with lessons learned, emphasizing the importance of effective communication, detailed documentation, and a builder-focused mindset in construction projects. The team is satisfied with the design outcome and anticipates a successful construction phase set to be completed in Spring of 2024.

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