The College of Architecture and Environmental Design proposes to enrich the fabrication culture at Cal Poly by envisioning a new CAED Shop that combines 21st century fabrication technology with social spaces, design studios and testing labs; all in one collaborative working environment.
This project replaces the existing 25,236 sf CAED shop with a new two level 48,796 sf open planned fabrication shop used for traditional and digital fabrication, and is placed over a level of renovated existing lab spaces.
It seamlessly combines the existing labs with new shop spaces across three levels though the introduction of vertical circulation elements, transparency and openness.
It will showcase the physical act of making, with its transparency, and ultimately facilitates the ‘maker’ culture of the CAED.
Once the newly renovated shop and support labs are completed at CalPoly, the ‘CAED Shop’ will become the new face and creative centerpiece for the CAED, inspiring the entire campus.