Campus Square
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Andrew R. Martin
Construction Management Option

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Thesis Proposal

This thesis proposal is intended to outline the topics I plan to research in the Spring 2010 semester. Four separate analyses will be conducted, focused on possible improvements made to the Campus Square project in areas of sustainability, energy efficiency, and facade redesign. Through these analyses, I hope to improve value of the project to the owner through value engineering, constructability review, schedule reduction, and research of topics identified at the 2009 PACE Roundtable Conference.

Below is a list of my four anaylsis topics:

Analysis I: Critical Issues Research – Building Envelope Study 
Analysis II (CM Depth): Prefabricated Exterior Panels - Construction Sequencing, Cost Impacts, and Schedule Reduction
Analysis III (Mechanical Breadth): Façade Analysis for Thermal Performance
Analysis IV (Structural Breadth): Structural Redesign of Facade Connections 

Breadth Topics:

This analysis will consist of a structural redesign of the connections between the superstructure
and the proposed prefabricated system discussed in Analysis II. The masonry veneer system
currently implemented on Campus Square attaches to the steel members and composite deck
by steel angles. The prefabricated system will require the connections to the building to be
engineered to compensate for differing construction loading, as well as other load types.

This analysis will determine how the different façade types of Campus Square perform against
thermal infiltration through heat loss calculations. By comparing the curtain wall system and the high
performance masonry veneer, as well as the proposed prefabricated system discussed in
Analysis II, a study may be conducted in determining the thermal benefits and disadvantages of
each individual system.

Executive Summary and Breadth Studies (12.15.09)
Executive Summary and Breadth Studies (Updated 1.27.10)

Thesis Proposal (12.15.09)
Thesis Proposal (Updated 1.27.10)


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