Plant Science Pump House
EWB took on the task of rebuilding a pump house located a few minutes away from the main campus. The pump house was very old and was due for a drastic make-over. The pump itself was active and was used to water seasonal produce for the Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store. Dan Hostetler was the Director of Farm Operations at Cal Poly and he granted us the opportunity to reconstruct the house. Professor Hostetler was first approached by Karen Vigil, former Project Lead, and Dr. Monica Palomo. These two ladies recognized that rebuilding the house would be an excellent way of implementing classroom knowledge into the real world.
Before any demolition began, the club first had to complete designs and cost estimates. This was followed with a meeting in which Professor Hostetler approved everything that was submitted to him. A foundation assessment became a requirement which led us to Nathan St. Clair. EWB was extremely pleased to have Nathan on board. He was a Cal Poly student who interned with C.W. Driver and he graduated in Fall 2013. The knowledge he shared was a key element to the club as a whole. Professor William Kitch was our consultant and Professor Gerald Herder helped with any electrical issues that we faced. Demolition began towards the end of August.
This project was more than just about rebuilding a house. This project was about being part of Cal Poly Pomona. We had CPP civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and construction majors working together along with CPP professors and alumni to guide them and help them. Through this project, we not only learned by doing, but we learned to be the change.
PAST PROJECT LEADS
Nathan St. Clair
Karen Virgil (Former)
Rocky Chen (Former)
Professor Dan Hostetler
Dr. Monica Palomo
Dr. William Kitch
Professor Gerald Herder
Mikhail Gershfeld (Timber Design)
Dr. Yasser Salem (Construction)