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)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper discusses the design and construction of a lean-to-shade structure built for the Son Care Foundation in San Luis Obispo. The Son Care Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises guide dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD. This shade structure is 16 feet long and 6 feet wide, its height slopes from 9 feet in the front down to 8 feet in the back creating a roof pitch of 2:12. The sheet metal roof also has an overhang of approximately 1 foot. As requested by the client, the shade structure was designed to fit the aesthetic of the existing shade structures in the area. After developing a design, with the assistance of architectural engineering students, structural calculations confirmed that the structure was designed adequately for all potential loading conditions. Due to the interdisciplinary collaboration required for the design and construction of this project, the Alliance provided funding for the project through their Hasslein Fund, which provides funding for projects that foster collaboration between different majors. The construction processes included in this project were site layout, excavation, concrete, framing, and roofing.