FDA OC/ORA Office Building
Silver Spring, MD


Adam Love
Structural Option

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Thesis Proposal
Structural Depth
.The gravity system will be designed as a typical steel on metal deck flooring system, and after the initial design is completed the critical members will be re-evaluated using the standards for progressive collapse design.  Progressive collapse design assumes the loss of a primary structural element and with redistribution of forces, no other structural losses occur. 
Graduate Course Integration

A main contributing factor to the resistance of progressive collapse is the connections.  The design of connections that meet the requirements for progressive collapse will be implemented as a part of the master’s integration for this thesis.

Breadth Studies
Breadth 1:
The impact on the cost and schedule of the overall project will be performed to determine the feasibility of the change in the lateral systems.  The scheduling changes that would involve the additional construction time for the jacking of the post tension strands will be considered and compared to the existing system.
Breadth 2:
Using the existing ceiling height, and re-evaluating the existing MEP through a section of the building.  The intent is to redesign the MEP passing through a section to account for the added depth of the gravity system without impacting the architecture of the office building.
Updated PDF Version of the Proposal (Updated 1/25/2010)
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Updated PDf Versions of the Proposal (Updated 1/15/2010)
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A PDF Version of the updated executive summary can be viewed here
PDF Versions of the Proposal
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A PDF Version of the executive summary can be viewed here



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