KGB Maser Revised Team Proposal Version 3 (Click title for PDF)

Summary of Changes:

- Lateral system redesign changed to analysis of existing lateral system


KGB Maser Revised Team Proposal Version 2 (Click title for PDF)

Summary of Changes:

- Cantilever courtyard lighting design re-inserted with the decision to continue the cantilever structural redesign

- Laboratory lighting design has been removed and replaced with the above mentioned design


KGB Maser Revised Team Proposal (Click title for PDF)

Summary of Changes:

- Phase change materials will no longer be examined due to lack of information to produce viable analysis

- The cantilever courtyard lighting and electrical design is repaced with lighting and electrical design for a laboratory space

- Column concept changed from using one support under the cantilever to using multiple supports with architectural interest


KGB Maser Team Proposal (Click title for PDF)

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KGB Maser's proposal report contains the team strategy to research and redesign various aspects of The Pennsylvania State University’s Millennium Science Complex.  The team, which consists of Jason Brognano, Michael Gilroy, Stephen Kijak, and David Maser, will work in an integrated fashion using Building information modeling programs throughout the semester.  The primary goal of KGB Maser’s investigation is to reduce the energy consumption of the building and offset initial increases in the cost of the building.

Three specific aspects of the analysis are:

- Decreasing the energy required by the mechanical distribution system and laboratory fume hoods

- Enhancing the façade to benefit all systems redesign

- Decreasing the structural cost to warrant upgrades within other systems

The redesign of the mechanical system will include an analysis of replacing VAV systems in the office spaces and less dense fume hood lab spaces with a chilled beam and dedicated outdoor air system.  Also, the face velocity of fume hoods will be analyzed for energy efficiency and operator safety.

The façade redesign will incorporate structural concerns, constructability issues, and impact the energy use of the building.  Phase change material will be used in glazing to address daylight concerns and in drywall to maintain more consistent room temperatures.   Decreasing the weight of the precast panels will affect the structural system by reducing the bearing load on exterior columns.  The cost and scheduling of newly designed panels will be tracked as well.

The existing structural system has been drastically affected by vibrational and architectural parameters.  Changing the cantilever to include a single column could save on cost and coordination time.  The proposed solution will yield a less costly structure if it is found to be aesthetically pleasing.  Vibrational concerns have necessitated the use of larger, stiffer members in the floor and lateral systems.  Castellated beams could be used to reproduce the stiffness needed for vibration and will provide an opportunity to enhance coordination with distribution systems.

Each member will be responsible for a portion of a collaborative building information model that will be used throughout the spring semester to coordinate and communicate system designs between team members and advisors.  BIM use will be tracked and analyzed at the end of the semester for effectiveness during research and redesign efforts for the Millennium Science Complex.


To meet M.A.E. requirements during research and redesign, a study of the movement of particles within a fume hood will be completed.  Information obtained from AE: 559 Computational Fluid Dynamics in Building Design will be beneficial in performing this analysis. 

Information from AE 558: Centralized Heating Production and Distribution Systems and AE 557: Centralized Cooling Production and Distribution Systems will aid research and redesign efforts of the mechanical distribution systems. AE 552: Air Quality in Buildings will also be used if air quality issues arise during redesign.

Structural MAE Proposal

Using the graduate AE courses taken in years 4 and 5, additional attention will be paid to seismic considerations, steel connections, and advanced computer modeling.  Information on steel seismic design garnered from AE 538, specifically the design of ductile structures, will be applied to the lateral force resisting systems.  Steel connections that are subjeted to high gravity loads, especially those connecting the façade to the superstructure, and the connections which experience high moments due to lateral forces will be examined and designed in accordance with the material learned in AE 534.  Each system will be modeled in detail using ETABS by means of rigid end offsets, insertion points, diaphragms, panel zones, special constraints, mass definitions, and material definitions applied to the superstructure, as necessary, per AE 597a.  The final structure will be detailed beyond that which was learned in the standard undergraduate course schedule resulting in a more accurate, more comprehensive structural solution.


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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.