Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


A massive expanse of land once called home by thousands of soldiers sits quietly on the Monterey Bay landscape. Muster, cadences, the loud sounds of artillery fire all long gone from the windswept facility. Now the sound of buzzing students, baseball games, and demonstrations can be heard. Students of many types have been walking Fort Ord for decades no matter their purpose and all are heavily dependant on the living conditions. This is a capstone project intended to analyze the social structure of spatial evolution from a U.S. military base to the more recent development of California State University Monterey Bay. Analysis will begin with the 1940's wooden barracks, move on to the late 1970s concrete barracks, and end with the refurbished concrete barracks used by the University. It is thought that institutional logic may have a great deal to contribute to the reasoning of spatial construction and use by both the U.S. Army and the University. What is being addressed in this research project is the difference between the spatial structures of living quarters a! nd their contextual frames. What contextual events surrounding these spatial configurations led to the use, re-use, or non-use of the buildings? This question will be answered by utilizing mixed methods and qualitative data. Interviews will be done with faculty and staff as well as other persons either military personnel familiar with Fort Ord or non-military personnel. An in-depth investigation and social analysis will follow on the structures. The specified buildings would infer that in the contextual frames in which these buildings were both built and used, certain spatial styles were more suitable for the progressive social environment a California State University was looking for and were therefore re-used.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

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