FDA OC/ORA Office Building
Silver Spring, MD


Adam Love
Structural Option

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Technical Assignment 1

The Structural Concepts and Existing Structural Conditions is outlined in Technical Assignment 1. Comparisons between design values and current code values. This report provides a gen aral overview of the structural components of the FDA OC/ORA Office Building. A lateral load analysis of the office building is also performed in the report.

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Technical Assigment 2

The pro-con structural study of alternate floor systems looks at a typical bay of the FDA OC/ ORA Office Building.  The two-way flat slab existing system is studied and then compared to three alternate systems.  Each system uses the typical bay of 19.685’ x 29.528’, except the one-way slab system that requires a change in the bay size.

The three alternate system that were studied included

  • Composite Steel Beams on Composite Deck
  • Hollow Core Precast Planks on Steel Beams
  • One-way Concrete Slab

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Technical Assigment 3

The lateral system analysis was performed on Wing B of the FDA OC/ORA Office Building. The seismic and wind lateral loads were distributed to the shear walls with direct and torisional shear effects. Strength and Defelction checks were performed on a shear wall to determine if the lateral systems meets requirements set by ASCE 7-05. Deflections for Seismic and Wind were calculated and compared to allowable drift values.

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