Civil Engineering Program 2023 Projects

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Civil Engineering Presentation Schedule

FRI • MAY 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CE Presentations at the Choir Room, MUS 149

TIME CS Event Overview
8:30 a.m. Registration @ E&T Courtyard
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Recognition @ the Choir Room - MUS 149
9:30 a.m. Student Presentations (Details below)
12:00 p.m. Lunch To-Go
Poster Session & Networking @ ECST Courtyard
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Contact Program Coordinator: Rupa Purasinghe, Ph.D., P.E. @ [email protected]

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Eagle Canyon Residential Community Design and Development

Faculty Advisors: Rupa Purasinghe, Ph.D., P.E.; John Shamma, P.E.; Howard Lum, P.E., S.E.; Jason Song, Ph.D., P.E.
Client: AZTEC Engineering Group Inc.
Liaisons: Mark A. Chase, PE.

Students: Juan Ochoa, Reginald De Guzman, Maria Klariza Madrazo, Nathan Williams, Marisela Velasquez, Marian Pirir, Emilio Salazar, Victor Martinez, Elisa Matias, Juan Cantera, Alex Pinedo, Erika Wong, Tim Ngo, Pascual Gaspar, Anthony Buenviaje

As the rapidly growing City of Corona continues to be a trending market for urban development, the client's land in the southern portion of Eagle Canyon Road sits idle on a hillside. It presents potential financial growth for the owner by developing the land for residential use. The project site has a surface area of 42.77 acres and is located north of Cajalco Road, east of Temescal Canyon Road, and alongside Eagle Canyon Road. Since the site's topography presents opportunities for constructability, the design must take advantage of its natural slopes and features during construction with minimal to no environmental impact. This project includes developing an eco-conscious residential area with single-family homes and recreational facilities in compliance with State, City, and local regulations while upholding cost-effective construction strategies and professional construction standards to achieve community engagement and financial prosperity through these development goals.

Aztec Engineering gave the California State University, Los Angeles Civil Engineering Senior Design Team an opportunity to design a site plan that sustainably maximizes the site's potential while yielding profitable returns. The site plan addressed effective designs for its grading, retaining walls, hydraulics, road design, drainage, utility configuration, and an environmental assessment to ensure constructability, sustainability, and feasibility. In addition, the Senior Design Team researched the aspects of a site layout for a residential community, identified technical and non-technical constraints, developed multiple alternatives, determined the most practical solution, and prepared a preliminary design package.

Designing a residential development involves several key steps that must be followed to ensure the project is completed successfully. Here are the first three steps of the process that were performed for the residential development design:

  1. Site analysis: The first step in residential development design was to conduct a thorough site analysis. This includes studying the area's topography, soil composition, and climate to understand the potential limitations and opportunities for development.

  2. Conceptual design: Once the site analysis was completed, the next step was to develop a conceptual plan outlining the development's vision. This includes identifying the types of residential units, amenities, and infrastructure required. This step required the development and evaluation of many alternatives.

  3. Preliminary design: Based on the conceptual design, a preliminary design was developed, including detailed site plans, elevations, and grading to visualize the project. Also, the design was tested against technical and non-technical constraints to ensure it met the community's values. The recommended alternative includes the creation of 97 single-family homes with different-sized lots, a storm drainage system, a potable water system that consists of a water tank, the design and naming of roads, grading of the streets and pads, retaining walls, and a recreational pond and other recreational facilities.

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Eagle Canyon Road Residential Community

Faculty Advisors: Howard Lum, P.E., S.E.; John Shamma, P.E.; Jason Song, Ph.D., P.E.

Students: Dominic Ayvazian, Jose Betancourt-Farias, Jose Cardenas, Elliana Estrada Waldbillig, Alicia Esqueda, Tyler Faulkner, Nick Kelly, Joel Martinez, Adam Mendoza, Kevin Nova, Ivan Nuno-Torres, Marcial Ramos, Dominique Sanchez, Junior Yah Torres, Emma Zaragoza

Corona, located in northwestern Riverside County, California, is a thriving community with approximately 160,000 residents and spans over 39.2 square miles. Corona is home to several lucrative industries, such as the Aeronautic, Aftermarket Auto, Food Processing, and R.D. Medical Technology industries. However, the city's low vacancy rate of about 3% poses a challenge for those employed in these industries and looking for a place to live.

To address this challenge, the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) Senior Design Team has partnered with AZTEC Engineering to develop a housing community on an abandoned rock mine site in eastern Corona. The project aims to create a community of single-family homes that cater to the needs of property owners and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods while also providing recreational facilities. The proposed community will be designed with functionality, sustainability, and affordability while adhering to technical and non-technical constraints such as seismic and geotechnical conditions, city regulations, environmental guidelines, and cost considerations.

The location of the site, situated on the southwestern border of Corona, provides easy access to nearby retail stores, grocery markets, and the 91 freeway. A pond will be a centerpiece for the community's recreational spaces. The project seeks to balance functionality, sustainability, affordability, and adhering to technical constraints. It is expected to address the housing challenges those employed in lucrative industries in the city face.

Eagle Canyon Community Development Project

Faculty Advisors: Rupa Purasinghe, Ph.D., P.E.; John Shamma, P.E.; Howard Lum, P.E., S.E.; Jason Song, Ph.D., P.E.
Client: AZTEC Engineering Group Inc.
Liaisons: Mark A. Chase, PE

Students: Eloy Rodriguez (Project Manager), Emanuel Acosta, Muhannad Al-Abtah, Marcos Alvizures, Tyler Ardines, Christina Braco, Eric Carbajal, Dixie Escalante, James Guerra, Alfonso Lima, Crystel Llamas, Daniel Martin, Armando Olmos, Eder Valdez, and Francisco Villalpando

Community development will be established in the city of Corona, California. The owner wants to profit more from the vacant mining facility instead of selling it at market value. The Senior Design Team is responsible for constructing the following design elements in the community: single-family homes, a recreational area, and new accessible roadways to enter the community. Using the Civil Engineering Design Process, single-family homes will provide the most potential for economic profit, so the design will be tailored to hold the maximum number of homes. They will receive assistance from the Western Municipal Water District to service a custom-designed pipeline to the community. In addition, a domestic water tank will be designed to serve the residents living in the area. The design elements will incorporate sustainable solutions to be cost-efficient and energy efficient. Furthermore, the design elements will comply with all aspects of the CEQA checklist to best address the environmental impacts.

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City of Corona Residential Development Project

Faculty Advisors: Rupa Purasinghe, Ph.D., P.E.; John Shamma, P.E.; Howard Lum, P.E., S.E.; Jason Song, Ph.D., P.E.
Client: AZTEC Engineering Group Inc.
Liaisons: Mark A. Chase, PE

Students: Eduardo Barrales, Mayra L. Elias, Tochukwu S. Eze, Zena B. Haddis, Emmanuel Ikechi, Anna Kyaw, Hien Q. Le, Cesar M. Leal, Kyla Bernice C. Lo, Jonathan Medel, Elizabeth R. Nunez, Nawin M. Pipitharut, Nyle M. Ussery-Brumfiled, Kevin Vega

An inactive mining site is located on Eagle Canyon Road, near the 15 and 91 freeways, with a size of roughly 43 acres. The property is located in Riverside County but is currently being annexed to the City of Corona. The site has yet to be modified other than two boring holes to determine the site condition. The boring logs revealed that the land is primarily silty sand and weathered rock, in addition to no groundwater being detected.

This project aims to develop the former mining site into a residential area, focusing on feasibility, sustainability, and making a profit for the owner; the optimum number of homes will also be determined. The design approach of this project entails researching the codes and standards from the City of Corona and the State of California to determine possible constraints that may affect the project.

The recommended alternative includes at least 75 single-family homes with ponds and recreational facilities. The design involves a seismic analysis, determination of structural integrity, hydraulic consideration, and an environmental study. Deliverables include necessary calculations, a list of standards and permits, and a rough cost estimation.

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Find out how you can get involved with the ECST Capstone Senior Design program.
Contact Mike Thorburn, Capstone Director, at [email protected]