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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 Tyler Smith. 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 the thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

Thesis Proposal


Final Proposal for Spring Thesis Project

The construction management thesis proposal specifically outlines the work that will be done for the remainder of the capstone project.  It is meant to elaborate on the topics discussed in the third technical report and concisely report specific information about each analysis, including a problem statement, goal, expected outcome, and specific measureable research steps. 

To view a .pdf of my final proposal, click here. (2,213kb)


Breadth Studies

The breadth studies in this thesis project will be in the areas of (1) mechanical and (2) electrical. The infection control analysis will involve the implementation of an ultraviolet protection system to eliminate bacterial growth in the building's air supply system.

Water is constantly condensing on the cooling coils in the air handling units which creates a perfect medium for the growth of bacterial spores which can be released into the building's air supply. This is a significant infection control issue in a hospital's outpatient center, as well a concern for sensitive experiments in the laboratory environment.

The mechanical portion of the breadth study will be selecting and sizing the proper UV equipment based on the anticipated air supply load and the size of the coils. There will also be an element of research in determining the feasibility and benefits of such a system. The electrical portion of the breadth study will be also deal with sizing the system and analyzing the energy draw of the UV lamp systems and their associated payback periods.


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