Todd Drager
Structural Option

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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 Todd Drager. 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.

Technical Reports



This technical report summarizes existing conditions and design procedures relating to the structural design of the Coppin State Univeristy Physical Education Complex. Information includes design concepts, building codes, loading information for gravity and lateral loads and spot checks for certain members.

For a PDF version of Technical Report 1, click here



This technical report analyzes the existing flooring system along with 4 possible alternaive systems for the Coppin State University Physical Education Complex. This report will provide supporting information on each system and outline whether or not the system could be a viable alternative to the existing system.

The existing and alternative flooring systems are:
Existing System: Composite Steel
Alternative 1: Composite Deck on Open-web Steel Joists
Alternative 2: Flat Slab
Alternative 3: Hollow-core Precast Planks on Steel Frame
Alternative 4: Girder-Slab

For a PDF version of Technical Report 2, click here



This technical report summarizes the lateral system used in the arena of the Coppin State University Physical Education Complex. The arena uses a combination of braced frames, moment frames, and roof trusses as the lateral system.

For a PDF version of Technical Report 3, click here


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