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                The Depth, or first two analyses, looked at cost and schedule impacts and the potential savings through the use of the IDC and panelized construction.  Analysis One, Interdisciplinary Document Coordination, explored the utilization of further document review in the beginning of a project to lessen the number of RFIs and change orders during construction.  A detailed explanation of the IDC was provided and a project specific example was explained.  Through the use of RS Means and statistical data from previous projects, the IDC was found to offer significant savings to justify the 10% fee for the service.  Analysis Two, Panelized Construction, weighed the potential benefits in term of cost and schedule by replacing the architectural cast stone veneer with precast panels.  Dimensional limitations of the factory made panels concluded the manner in which a project team determines the best course of erection is important to save both time and money.  The cost was found to save the project approximately $310,000.  The schedule impact was inconclusive, since the veneer was not on the critical path.  However, the ability to have a less congested site without scaffolding for an extra 37 days is an unquantifiable advantage to the project team’s success.
The Breadth topics, or last two analyses, looked at a structural and mechanical modification without the architectural aesthetics of the building being compromised.  Analysis Three, Pedestrian Rerouting, dealt with relocating the travel path for the general public in hopes to create a safer site while improving the structural predictability of the entire building.  Utilization of computer software, STAAD Pro, found that extending the truss and eliminating the existing concrete piers was plausible and even would lower the total cost of construction by $391,997.  Analysis Four, Alternative Glazing, examined how the building envelope could be altered to create a more efficient building.  The first section looked at a century old construction technique of dual-facades and the associated thermal advantages.  The research revealed that the idea was not only cost effective but also had noise reduction capabilities.  Secondly photovoltaic solar cells were originally intended to productively aid the buildings electrical demand.  The findings showed that the percent change on the building demand was too low and would significantly increase frontend costs with installation ranging from $6,000 - $10,000/kW.  The total cost of the system presented in the analysis would have incurred the project $438,950 and the earliest the system would pay for itself would be 17 years.  Therefore, the system could be used to educate the public of the future building techniques that they may see in a world with ever rising energy costs.



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