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)

Bryan Knakiewicz, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This research paper delves into the historical and cultural relevance of Cal Poly’s Old Powerhouse, the college’s oldest architectural landmark, which has remained in a state of disuse since the 1990s. Employing meticulous survey methodology; perspectives from faculty, staff, alumni, students, and community members are gathered to illustrate the significance of the Old Powerhouse within the various stakeholders. The study refrains from imposing interpretation but rather seeks to capture the sentiments expressed by stakeholders, providing valuable insights into the building’s perceived value. By centering on the community opinions, the research will underscore the building’s potential and expand on the collected ideas. The findings contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the Old Powerhouse and its significance to the campus, offering a foundation for strategic considerations in determining future use of the space. In an era marked by growing interest in the preservation of cultural heritage, this study underscores the significance of stakeholder engagement in shaping the future of architectural landmarks like the Old Powerhouse. This analysis shows that the contemporary utilization of the Old Powerhouse can prove to be a purposeful renovation and lays the groundwork for a feasible approach to working on the historic site.