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Postings and Updates


HPR's CPEP Research Page


Interviews/Office Visits

Cannon Design. Buffalo, NY. Oct. 2011.

Architectural and engineering design firm. This design firm worked on the MEP designs for two case studies that HPR looked at: Niagara University's Dwyer Arena, and Boston University' Agganis Arena.

Kasprzak, Colleen. BIM Implementation Strategist, Office of Physical Plant, The Pennsylvania State University. Sep. 2011.

Team interviewed Ms. Kasprzak to understand the BIM program for the actual project. Discussion included the BIM Ex Plan for the project, OPP contractual language and project specific details regarding the BIM process (LOD matrix, intelligent element diagram, etc.).

Myford, G. Associate AD - Marketing & Communications, Penn State Athletic Department, The Pennsylvania State University. Oct 2011.

Interview discussed the ICA (Intercollegiate Association) revenue flow within the athletic department to determine the use and expectations of the new ice hockey arena. Discussions regarded the financial sustainability of the new varsity hockey program, financial arrangement with the Bryce Jordan Center and revenue flow within the department to various varsity sports.

Case Studies

Boston University Terriers' Agganis Arena: a multi-purpose arena that holds 6,300 spectators for hockey and ice shows. The truss span is larger than that of the Penn Stae Ice Arena. Contacts for this case study for MEP design were team members of Cannon Design.

New Jersey Devils' Prudential Center

The Newark Arena. Structural Magazine. NCSEA. February 2007.

Niagara University Purple Eagles' Dwyer Arena: Division 3 ice hockey arena designed by Cannon Design. HPR visited the arena in October 2011.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Consol Energy Center: the Pittsburgh Penguins arena is the first LEED Gold Certified NHL arena. Primary construction team on this project was PJ Dick Construction.

Consol Energy Center Project Sheet. Online posting by PJ Dick Construction. Sep 2011.$File/new+pittsburgh+arena.pdf.

Shaun Mason - Project Manager for PJ Dick Construction who worked on CEC
Theresa McCue - LEED Coordinator for PJ Dick Construction
Jeff Turconi - Executive Vice President for PJ Dick Construction
Ed Hornfeck - Mechanical Engineer for M-E Engineers
George Reiher - Lighting/Electrical Engineer for M-E Engineers
Art Hortua - Structural Engineer for Thornton-Tomasetti: worked on CEC & Penn State Ice Arena

University of Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Arena: this arena was used for price point comparison of the arena seating. The Compton Family Ice Arena is designed very similiar to that of the Penn State Ice Arena. The truss span is smaller than that of the Penn State Ice Arena.


Owner Construction Research

Penn State: Office of Physical Plant (O.P.P.). Design & Construction Standards. 2011.


State College Zoning Requirements. University Planned District - UPD 9.

Cost Estimation

2012 National Construction Estimator. 2012. Craftsman Book Company. Version

RSMeans Costworks Online Construction Cost Data
. 2011. Reed Construction Data, Inc.

Crane Analysis

Bigge Crane & Rigging. 2012. Bigge Crane and Rigging Co.


Electrical Code

National Electrical Code: 2008. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 2007. Print.

Luminaire Selection

Lighting: HID Versus Fluorescent For High-Bay Lighting. E Source Companies LLC. 2007.

Best Lighting Practices

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2010.


ASHRAE Handbook Online. Chapter 44 - Ice Rinks.

ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Energy Standards for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
Used to determine ASHRAE maximum exceptable power densities.

ASHRAE Starndard 62.1. Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.
Used to determine the minimum ventilation requirments.

Technical Guidelines of an Ice Rick-Internation Ice Hockey Federation.
Provided background information of the mechanical requirments of ice arenas.

Presentaion by Glenn Lelko (Director of Campus Chilled Water Plants).
Provided information on the campus chilled water system including but not limited to supply temperatures and overall effiecencies.


Professional Practicioners

Rachel Chicchi, Cannon Design, Buffalo, NY
Matt Dates, Cannon Design, Buffalo, NY
William Lovallo, LeMessurier Consultants, Structural Engineers, Boston, MA
Arthur Hortua, Thornton Tomasetti

Reference Codes/Manuals

International Building Code (IBC) 2009
American Society of Civil Engineers - Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures - ASCE7-10
American Institute of Steel Construction, Steel Construction AISC Manual, 13th ed.
Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete - ACI318-08
Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures TMS402-08/ACI 530-08/ASCE 5-08

Prestressed Concrete

Nawry, G. "Prestressed Concrete: A Fundamental Approach." 5th ed. (2010). Print.

Retractable Roof Design

Ishii, Kazuo, ed. Retractable Roof Structures. Southhampton: WIT Press, 2000. Print.

Provided information on design considerations, technical equipment descriptions, additional structural load combination considerations and in-depth cases studies for retractable roof structures.

Long Span Structures

1. Long-Span Structures. Thornton Tomasetti. 2011.
2. Long Span Construction. Indianetzone Construction. 2011.

Space Frame Design

Institute of Building Structures, Chinese Academy of Building Research. 2010.


















CPEP Website Ready For Review
Abstract Posted
Reflection Posted
Jeremy Heilman - CM
Joshua Progar - S
Nico Pugliese - L/E
James Rodgers - M
Final Presentation Posted (*.PDF)
Final Report Posted
Executive Summary

Proposal Report
Revision 2 Posted

Presentation Posted

Proposal Report
Revision 1 Posted

Proposal Report

Proposal Presentation

Building Stats Posted

Design Development Presentation Posted

BIM Ex Plan Posted
Schematic Design
Presentation Posted

Student Bios Posted
Jeremy Heilman - CM
Joshua Progar - S
Nico Pugliese - L/E
James Rodgers - M
Research Presentation

Research posted
Website Live

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.

Senior Thesis

The Pennsylvania State University

Architectural Engineering

AE Computer Lab


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.
This site last updated by HPR Integrated Design on Monday, April 30, 2012 10:04 AM and is hosted by the AE department ©2011