College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management

College - Author 2

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 2

Construction Management Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Daniel Knight, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper covers the design, estimating, and construction process by a team of students from Cal Poly to provide a deck and overhang for the Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range. The project, initiated in the winter of 2024, aimed to provide a durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing deck and overhang suitable for a barbecue and lounge area. The paper focuses on the design and estimation phases, as well as material procurement and construction. Through meetings with the client, the team developed a design that met the police department's criteria for functionality, durability, and cost. 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 spacious, elevated deck with a sturdy overhang to provide shade and protection from the elements. Feedback from professionals in the industry led to adjustments such as reinforcing the deck’s support structure, optimizing the overhangs dimensions, and supplementing cost-effective materials. The paper concludes with lessons learned, emphasizing the importance of effective communication, detailed documentation, and a builder-focused mindset in construction projects.