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Washington, DC

Maria Piergallini

Construction Management

2008 - 2009


 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 Maria Piergallini. 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.

Thesis Proposal



This proposal serves as an outline for the research and analyses proposed for spring semester thesis.  After brainstorming some initial ideas, research has been focused on a few key concepts.  Initial investigations were performed to determine the feasibility of this proposal.   The analysis descriptions will highlight three main topics which will be the focus of the spring semester thesis with a consistent theme of energy and the environment.

Revised Proposal

Updated January 19, 2009

Executive Summary and Breadth Topics

This provides a quick look at the executive summary and an outline of the proposed breadth topics.

Revised Executive Summary and Breadth Topics

Updated January 16, 2009.


Breadth One: Mechanical
Using Revit and Integrated Environmental Solutions, loads will be calculated for the redesign of the mechanical system. The system will then be designed as a chilled beam system. Equipment will be sized, and a life cycle cost analysis will be performed and compared with the current VAV system. Constructability issues such as impact on the coordination process, planning and lead times will be stressed. Indoor air quality, consistency with LEED credits, durability and long term maintenance will also be takeni into account.

Breadth Two: Lighting
Analyses will be performed to determine the best way to reduce energy consumption and improve the classroom atmosphere through natural lighting. Daylighting calculationswill be run on the current classroom layout, and the layout will be reconfigured if the
daylighting is inadequate. Occupancy sensors and dimming ballasts will be considered. In addition, the cost and schedule changes will be examined.

MAE Requirement

To satisfy the MAE requirement, I will be demonstrating knowledge from several 500-level courses.  Breadth Analysis 1: Mechanical Redesign Using 3D Modeling will demonstrate knowledge gained in AE 597F: Virtual Facility Prototyping.  In this course, we learned about interoperability between three dimensional modeling programs.  By using Revit and IES, I will be building on lessons learned in this class.  Additionally, Analysis 1: The Benefits of LEED Schools will exhibit knowledge gained in AE 597D: Sustainable Building Methods.  In this class, we examined the LEED scoring system and the benefits of green buildings.  I will use knowledge gained in AE 597D to compile a beneficial survey concerning LEED certified schools. 





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