Todd Drager
Structural Option

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Thesis Proposal


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For a revised PDF of the proposal click here


The main structural goal is to redesign the arena roof trusses to provided a more monumentel look of the structure. The trusses will most likely be bent or arched to accomplish this. Accompanied with this modifications are the redesign of the lateral system in the N-S direction of the arena and the addition of a fifth floor. The lateral system will change from moment frames to shear walls and the new floor will be a composite steel floor to match those below.


The main goal for this project will be to improve the overall architectural feel for the CSU Physical Education Complex. For this reason, architecture, the first breadth study will drive the redesign of the building. Materials, shape, finishings, and overall themes will be considered for the building with respect to its surroundings, its foundations as a university, and the current state of the university.
Construction Management:
Because of the unique connections that could possibly cause difficulty with construction, accessibility, and overall cost to building, the first breadth topic will consist of a cost and scheduling analysis between the current system and the proposed solutions. Material cost is relatively easy to compute, but the labor costs will required a more in depth analysis. In order to compute labor costs, RSMeans will be looked at for general data, then information on past projects using these systems will be examined. I plan on finding the savings or losses for each system for material cost, labor cost and total cost, then make a recommendation based on pure cost alone.


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