Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2022.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Reynaud Serrette

Second Advisor

Rachel He


In California, many communities lack the resources to provide support for natural disaster evacuees and those devastated by economic loss (our growing homeless community). An improved interim housing solution needs to be developed - a solution that provides comfort, privacy, and community - in the hopes of maintaining the dignity of those experiencing these hardships. In order to address this problem, the team designed a modular, panelized structure to provide shelter to those who are subject to emergency situations. A structural design and analysis was completed for both a cold-formed steel and a timber structure. A parcel of land in Roseville, California was also developed to demonstrate how these structures can be integrated into a community to provide a sense of stability during stressful times. This land development included selecting a portion of land with appropriate zoning, determining the overall layout of the shelters, calculating grading requirements, and laying out utility lines to service the land.