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Cal Poly students to showcase wine history with mobile pavilion

Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 08, 2019

Nearly 40 Cal Poly students are working in teams to create a portable structure so thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents and visitors can learn about the area's wine history.

Cal Poly is collaborating with the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard to design a mobile structure that showcases historic wine tools and equipment.

The pavilion can be set up outside or indoors at vineyards, exhibit halls, parks, festivals and other public spaces depending on its size and design.

"We're providing an adaptable space so they're able to display a diverse collection of wine history artifacts, from a wine bottle or a cork to grape crushers, barrel taps and vintage funnels," said Jerome Deck, a Cal Poly architecture student.

On Sunday, the student teams presented the final eight designs to the public at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

The theme for the pavilion is "Connection" which will be used to focus on the history of viticulture throughout San Luis Obispo County.

"It gives you a taste of the design process in the real world," said Charley Picchiottino, an architecture major whose team was inspired by the way the feathers of the small Northern Saw-whet Owl muffle noise.

Once the winning design is picked, students will begin building it in spring of 2020.

The exhibit will be a temporary fixture at the Saucelito Canyon tasting room in Edna Valley through 2020.

The project is led by three Cal Poly faculty members Margaret Kirk of the Architecture Department; Dennis Bashaw of the Architectural Engineering Department; and Gregory Starzyk of the Construction Management Department.