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The Campus Center and Student Residence building on the Wheelock College campus is a modern addition, providing housing and food services to students attending the school.  The 60,000 sf building consists of dorm rooms, a cafeteria, conference room, lounge, offices and multipurpose spaces for the students. 

This report specifically focuses on the lighting and electrical system redesign.  The lighting redesign considered five spaces: the student lounge, the conference room, the cafeteria serving space, the third floor roof deck, and a typical two-person dorm room.  The design criteria was evaluated for each of the spaces, and alternative lighting solutions was proposed.  The proposed designs were rendered and calculated based on IESNA and ASHRAE 90.1-2004 codes and recommendations, as well as aesthetic design principals.  The final lighting designs were chosen to represent the overall building design and function.

The electrical redesign evaluated the effect of the lighting changes in the five selected spaces to the electrical system.  The circuits were re-distributed and new feeder schedules were drawn up for the panelboards.  A protection device coordination was also performed to address a single path through the distribution system.  Calculations for a short circuit analysis are included.  An analysis was also performed based on the benefits of changing from a mixture of 120V and 277V lighting to only 277V lighting throughout the building.  An in-depth short circuit analysis, protective device coordination study and arc fault study were also performed with SKM software.

An acoustical breadth study was also performed to evaluate the reverberation levels in the student lounge.  An architectural breadth study was conducted to analyze the most appropriate solution for controlling daylight entering the space.

Designing a building involves merging many parts to produce fantastic results.  The Campus Center and Student Residence building is Wheelock College’s most recent construction, and will be a signature building on the campus for years to come. 

final report (20.9 MB)
lighting depth (2.9 MB)
electrical depth (920 KB)
acoustics and architecture breadths (795 KB)
appendices (15 MB)

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User 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 interpretations of Anne Cheney. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumption, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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