Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2020.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Laura Doyle

Second Advisor

Edwin Maurer

Third Advisor

Hisham Said
Reynaud Serrette


Due to the high housing costs in the Bay Area, Santa Clara University’s (SCU) faculty and staff have to live further away from campus where the housing market is more affordable, ultimately increasing their commute time and increasing the environmental impact due to transportation. Therefore, SCU has expressed the need to provide affordable housing for their faculty and staff who do not earn enough income to be able to live in the City of San Jose or County of Santa Clara. The project proposed in this report represents the efforts of SCU Civil Engineering students to adhere towards the social, sustainable, and economic concerns held by the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (CESE) Department in the design and construction of a proposed housing development for Santa Clara University faculty and staff. The team of civil engineering students, RADS Construction, LLC., has provided design recommendations for the 1200 Campbell Avenue development.

The team gained initial inspiration from the Planned Development Zoning Submittal that was received from the City of San Jose, which contained architectural drawings provided by Studio TSquare. The team also received a map of the water facilities at the proposed project site from San Jose Water. Using the architectural drawings and a map of the water facilities on site, RADS Construction designed the structural and stormwater management plans for the development; designed potable water and wastewater piping layouts; and created a construction schedule, waste management plan, and a Building Information Modeling (BIM) model. The team decided to change the originally proposed incubator space, as displayed in the architectural drawings, into a commercial space to allow shops and other small businesses to use this new building. This change helped to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the proximity of the project site since they wanted to benefit from this new building to help compensate for bringing in more traffic into the neighborhood. Through these deliverables, RADS Construction met both social and economic needs of SCU’s faculty and staff, as well as fulfilling the CESE Departmental and School of Engineering standards for socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable engineering.