College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

City and Regional Planning Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in City and Regional Planning



Primary Advisor

Keith Woodcock, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department


My senior year at Cal Poly offered me a vast array of opportunities for enriching my knowledge of the field of city and regional planning. The most impactful of my experiences was the time I spent working for the facilities department of Williamson County, Texas. This department is responsible for constructing and maintaining all of the buildings owned and occupied by Williamson County; this includes more than 60 buildings and more than 2,000,000 square feet. Additionally, as the fastest growing county north of Austin with roughly 600,000 residents, this department had many pertinent development projects to attend to.

As an intern, I was assigned the task of assisting with the development of specific safety standards and procedures for emergency situations. The intent of this project was to create a clear, documented plan that would direct building occupants on what actions to take in case of various emergencies in order to ensure their safety. Additionally, these plans would provide occupants with vital information regarding emergency prevention.

This project was initiated prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently put on hold. Then as COVID relief efforts were calming down in February, Texas was hit with a massive winter storm which left the entire state with catastrophic damage to attend to. So, once again, 2 | Page Jack Combs | Senior Project Narrative constructing the emergency procedures project was delayed. However, the building safety committee eventually began working on the project with my assistance. This provided me the opportunity to develop my senior project for my spring quarter of 2021.