Department Resources


The ARCE Department holds its own support facilities to enhance "learn-by-doing" experience for our engineering stduents. The ARCE students are also encouraged to use facilities made available through CAED throughout Cal Poly learning experience. CAED support facilities are listed right below the ARCE support facilities.

**Printers: ARCE Department has its own large-format plotters as well as copy machines accessible only for ARCE students. But the students can also utilize Poly Prints located in the Kennedy Library for other types of printing/binding/paper. Click HERE for Poly Prints Web Page.

ARCE Support Facilities

The ARCE program facilities include:

  • Materials Design Labs
    • Hilti Design Lab (B)
    • Verco Design Lab (D)
    • Simpson Strong-Tie Design Lab (E)
    • Haselton Design Lab (F)
  • Computer Labs
    • C-Lab (C)
    • CSI Computer Lab
  • Materials Testing Labs
    • Berridge Testing Lab
    • Seismic Lab
    • High Bay Lab
    • Concrete Lab/Courtyard
    • Soils/Foundation Lab
  • Other ARCE facilities
    • A-Lab (For teaching, SEAOC meeting, and conference purposes)
    • Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab
    • SEAOC Student Office
    • Degenkolb Graduate Lab

Materials Design Laboratories

Design lab

Simpson Strong-Tie Design Lab

There are currently four materials designs laboratories dedicated to the ARCE program. These four labs are the core teaching rooms for the program and are industry sponsored. Each is set up with large drafting style tables with storage below.  The rooms contain at least 16 such tables (some contain as many as 18), large chalkboard space, overhead projector, slide projector, wireless access, extra lockers and shelves, and kitchenette. These labs are used for the program’s design laboratory classes, which generally meet three times per week for three hours each meeting.   The favorable student/faculty ratio allows for one-on-one faculty to student contact that is needed for the success of the program.

Computer Laboratories

Computer Teaching Lab

The department has one computer teaching facility (Room 122C) that is set up for 16 students and an instructor for the purpose of teaching the four computer skills courses in the program.  The facility was designed and built, including tables, by program students as a senior project to meet their specific needs.  The program also maintains and operates an additional computer lab (CSI Lab) available primarily to upper division students for advanced studies and interdisciplinary work with construction management students.  In addition, the teaching labs all have several computers on the side walls that are available to students.

Materials Testing Laboratories

The program maintains and operates three experimental labs and shares a fourth with construction management.  The concrete yard is an experimental assembly and project use area.  The seismic lab contains a classroom space for 16 students and houses a large instructional shake table.  The experimental lab contains a classroom space for 30 students and 5 workstations.  The workstations are set up primarily with small-scale test machines and, in the future, will be wired for full "smart-room" capability.  Also in this facility is a small shake table and several testing machines including two new electromechanical testing machines.

The High Bay lab is the main experimental facility.  The space has classroom space for 16 students, a tension/compression machine and a strong floor area with a jacking frame for research work.  The high bay area serves as the construction and testing facility for a majority of the experimentally focused senior projects.  Plans for this area include the addition of a strong wall and electronic support for cyclic testing and data recovery.

The concrete lab is shared with the construction management department.  This lab is supplied with all the tools needed to mix and place concrete.  The primary use for this facility is ARCE 444 and ARCE 452 and senior projects.

Seismic Lab Shake Table

Seismic Lab Shake Table

Testing Machine

Electromechanical Testing Machine

High Bay Laboratory

High Bay Laboratory

Concrete Yard

Concrete Yard

Tension/Comp Machine

Tension/Compression Machine

Data Receiver

Tension/Compression Data Receiver

Concrete lab work tables

Concrete Lab work Tables

Geo-sciences teaching lab

Soils/Foundation Lab

Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab

Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab

CAED Support Facilities

The CAED supports the following facilities as resources for all students in the college. The basic contact, location and schedule information is provided below as a quick reference.

Additional information can be found by using the links below to go to the facility page within the CAED web site.

Hay Media Resource Center & Materials Library

MRC / Material Library

MRC Director:
Vickie Aubourg
Phone: 805.756.2165


CAED Photo Presentation Facility

Photo Facility

Contact: Josef Kasperovich
Phone: 805.756.1342


CAED Support Shop

Wood Workshop

Contact: Doug Allen

Assistant: Royce Chow

Phone: 805.756.2720


Poly Canyon

Poly Canyon

Contact: Doug Allen
Phone: 805.756.2720






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