Fresno State Design/Build - Emergency Sleeping Cabins
The Construction Management Department in the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State welcomes you to join us as we raise funds for our students to design and build Emergency Sleeping Cabins for our community. This exciting project will not only provide a unique and interesting educational experience for our students but will also produce actual structures that can be used by our community.
We estimate that the Emergency Sleeping Cabins (ESC) will cost approximately $2,500 each. We are asking you to join us to raise funding for the materials for at least two (2) ESCs for next year ... $5,000!
Many in our community have been impacted by the need for temporary housing in the past year. From homelessness to wildfires, the need for an immediate yet short-term place to sleep is invaluable.
But what exactly is an Emergency Sleeping Cabin (ESC)?
It is a small, moveable structure that provides temporary housing for displaced individuals. The current California Building Code currently allows jurisdictions to allow these structures to be built and placed in approved sites to address immediate and short-term housing needs.
The simplest way to describe an Emergency Sleeping Cabin:
It’s like a small shed in your backyard, but with electricity, lighting, HVAC, and safety aspects.
Have these been built anywhere else?
Yes, California cities such as El Cajon, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose have built or plan to build ESCs. Several have designated these ESC’s to address the housing needs of their homeless population. However, these could also be used to address housing needs due to natural disasters and other emergent circumstances.
Who will design and build these structures at Fresno State?
The Department of Construction Management houses two bachelor of science majors: Architectural Studies (AS) and Construction Management (CM). The upper-division CM students will manage the overall design and construction process, the upper-division AS students will design the structures based on local code requirements, and lower-division AS and CM students will build the project. Additionally, faculty and local industry professionals will provide support throughout the project.
When will this project take place?
This design/build lab experience will take place during the Fall 2021 semester. We also plan to build a pilot version of an ESC in May/June 2021.
How can you support this effort?
Your financial gift will provide the support to make this project a reality! While the structures are small, the materials are estimated to be over $2,500 for each ESC.
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