Daniel Bellay

Lancaster County Bible Church

Manhiem, PA

Daniel S. Bellay
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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 Daniel Bellay. 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.


The purpose of this proposal is to redesign the gravity system of Lancaster County Bible Church. The existing gravity system at Lancaster County Bible Church is open web steel joist supported by W-shaped structural steel members. It will be proposed that this existing gravity system be replaced with composite steel on metal decking. All columns will be redesigned using LRFD design method. Existing foundations will be redesigned if necessary.

Breadth Topic One: Architecture

Changing the floor framing affects the ceiling which is a major architectural feature. The open web steel joists at Lancaster County Bible Church are exposed structural elements providing a unique industrial look. Replacing the steel joist with structural steel will impact the appearance of the ceiling. A study will be done on possible ceiling alternatives. After a comparison a new ceiling system will be selected from the possible alternatives. 

 Breadth Topic Two: Construction Management

The new structural layout designed using LRFD and utilizing a composite flooring system will impact the construction schedule and cost. An analysis of the changes to construction schedule and cost will be performed. Upon completion of this analysis the impact of cost and scheduling will be compared and contrasted to the existing construction schedule.

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