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Proposal - December 9, 2011

HPR Integrated Design's proposal four alternative design strategies for the Penn State Ice Arena in an effort to achieve more efficient building systems. The goals of these strategies are to reduce the overall project delivery costs, reduce energy usage and cost, create a fast tracked schedule, and develop a facility that is LEED Gold certified. Three of the four proposed redesigns will be studied. One of the following areas will be further studied: alternative 1 is to relocate the event level; alternative 2 is to relocate the air handler units serving areas on event level. HPR will also focus on the following: designing the main arena roof system; and redesigning the façade. In addition to the BAE requirements for this thesis project, three members of HPR will utilizing information learned in masters courses to fulfill MAE requirements.



Revised Proposal - January 13, 2012

HPR Integrated Design has revised the original proposal to propose three alternative design strategies for the Penn State Ice Arena in an effort to achieve more efficient building systems.

The following changes have been made to this revision:
1. HPR has chosen its three main focuses for design strategy. Alternative 2 redesign to relocate AHU's has been removed.
2. HPR has updated its goals to creating developing and delivering a facility that is of the quality for the budget allotted.
3. Adjusted construction budget in construction management portion of project overview.
4. Details were added to the scope for each disciplines approaches.
5. BIM and interdisciplinary approaches have been added to each of the design strategies.
6. BIM file management appendix has been added.

Proposal Revision


Revised Proposal - March 12, 2012

The revision contains changes to the Mechanical MAE requirements.

Proposal Revision 2

Construction MAE

The construction management MAE requirements will be satisfied through knowledge gained in three courses.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Execution Planning, AE 597G, will help me along with my team to create and implement a BIM Execution Plan for this project. Along with that, I will use Sustainable Construction Project Management, AE 598C, to help my team create Green ideas for the Ice Arena while ensuring the team stays within the guidelines of LEED in achieving LEED Gold certification.

I will use the Production Management course, AE 570, to help understand and build a short interval project schedule for the construction of the Ice Arena to ensure it will be constructed on time and within budget.

Mechanical MAE

The mechanical MAE requirements will be satisfied through knowledge gained in AE 559 in the spring of 2012.  This class focuses on CFD modeling and as part of my deliverables for the roof integration I will be conducting a CFD analysis to determine if the exhaust rates in the locker rooms can be reduced.  The goal is that by reducing the exhaust rate we could reduce the energy used in moving and conditioning that air.   

Structural MAE

The structural MAE requirements will be satisfied through knowledge gained from two of the MAE electives that have been completed at the submission of this proposal.  Structural 3D modeling techniques learned in AE597A – Advanced Computer Modeling of Building Structures, will be utilized to model gravity and lateral systems, long span truss designs, and conduct structural floor framing system evaluations, etc.  These structural models will employ considerations for connection rigidities, key structural assumptions, boundary conditions, meshing of concrete lateral elements, and diaphragm assignments critical to accurate modeling outputs.

Additionally, information from curriculum taught in AE537 – Building Failures will be utilized to look deeper into performance issues in the façade.  Flashing issues and control joint design for masonry facades will be investigated along with considerations for poor design details that lead to problems within the arena.  Finally, another MAE elective that will be used for analysis will draw knowledge from is AE 542 – Building Enclosure, Science & Design to evaluate the performance for our redesigned façade.  This course will be taken concurrent to the spring 2012 thesis semester and information will be used as it is taught throughout the semester.


















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The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.

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Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of this BIM/IPD group. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.
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