FDA OC/ORA Office Building
Silver Spring, MD


Adam Love
Structural Option

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 interpretation of Adam Love. 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.






ABET Outcome Survey 

ABET Outcomes


AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

(Score of 0)

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable

(Score of 1)

Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated

(Score of 2)

More than minimum level of ability demonstrated

(Score of 3)

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


b. An ability to analyze and interpret data

c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs


e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems


f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


g. An ability to communicate effectively


h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context


i. An ability to engage in life-long learning


j. A knowledge of contemporary issues


k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program


p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects




AE 497G/897G Course Reflection

This year long capstone project has thought me a lot about the design process for a building. I have looked at various applications for different types of materials, and look at coordinating issues. I studied the design and construction of a steel building, from the gravity system to the foundation, and the lateral system including moment frames and braced frames. I was very pleased at the route my thesis took as I researched the standards for progressive collapse design. If I could go back and change anything I did, I would look at alternate style braced frames to determine a more effective solution for my building.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

I used the discussion board multiple times throughout the year, and the information obtained from it was grateful. Although the information was more used to determine that a system could not be used, the information obtained was helpful and appreciated. The creation of the CPEP web site was very use full for the use of this thesis. I was able to show professionals what I was working on, and in tern receive a better description for assistance and guidance.


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