Drew Heilman • Construction Management • 2009-2010





Thesis Proposal Revision

Thesis Proposal

The purpose of this thesis proposal is to analyze current construction industry issues and how they apply to the Potomac Yard Land Bay E project in Arlington, VA.  A large portion of this proposal is focused on energy conservation in the industry and ways that new technologies and construction methods may be applied to my project.

Executive Summary

Breadth Topics

Mechanical Breadth:
Changing the building envelope from an architectural precast system and punched windows to an entire unitized curtain wall system will surely change the cooling load placed upon the building.  As part of my curtain wall analysis I will determine the difference in heat gain on the building by using the curtain wall system.  To achieve this I will be contacting the windows and glazing contractor to obtain performance specifications for the glass and find the total heat gain for both systems by adding solar and conductive heat gain respectively.


Electrical Breadth:
As part of my analysis of adding a Solyndra PV system on the roof of the Potomac Yard project I will perform energy production calculations produced by the system.  Also in this analysis I will be performing calculations to determine the building’s total energy consumption so that I can determine the percentage of energy savings that the building can achieve to help reduce the demand of energy on the United States energy grid.  In doing so it may be determined if the system will pay for itself during its lifespan. 





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 Drew Heilman. 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.
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