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With hundreds of new students on the California Polytechnic State University campus each year, this 200-room/800-bed student housing facility was in high demand. Constructing 29 buildings and a commons building on a steep hillside in San Luis Obispo created design challenges. The final design incorporated the surrounding natural landscape with stepped foundations and retaining walls to minimize site disturbance. Cannon was selected to provide civil and structural engineering, surveying, and permitting services to the project architect. The scope of work included plans, specifications, and cost estimates for grading, drainage, an on-site storm water detention basin, hot and cold water systems for heating and cooling, plans and specifications for street improvements; including parking along the street, curb, and gutter, and plans specifications and calculations for twelve foot headwalls needed to support the street improvements. Additionally, Cannon prepared structural design for stepped foundations and retaining walls to mitigate the site’s steep terrain; along with designs of concrete abutments for a 32-foot by 6-foot concrete and steel pedestrian bridge; a topographic survey; and permit processing and coordination with Army Corps, Fish & Game, and RWQCB. The project was completed in 2003.

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California