Farquhar Park Aquatic Center
York, Pennsylvania

Jason Kukorlo | Structural Option

Final Report

This thesis study investigated a redesign of the entire roof structural system of the Farquhar Park Aquatic Center.  New truss configurations were designed using a king post truss system, steel space frame, and glulam truss system.  After the truss systems were designed, they were compared in terms of cost, architectural impact, and feasibility, and a final design was chosen.  New lateral force resisting systems were designed as well.  Wood braced frames were added to the perimeter in the East/West direction, while other wood braced frames were designed to replace original steel braced frames in the North/South direction along the west end of the natatorium.  Steel moment frames and steel braced frames near the precast concrete grandstand were redesigned as reinforced concrete moment frames.  Wind columns that transfer lateral loads to the roof diaphragm were also redesigned using wood. 

An architectural depth was studied due to the introduction of the new truss system into the indoor pool area.  Changes in building height and in the shape of the roof were investigated, as well as changes to the overall appearance of the building, both internally and externally.  In addition, several room layouts were changed to accommodate new column locations.  Since the building is a natatorium, a building enclosure breadth study using material covered in AE 542 (Building Enclosures) was also implemented to investigate how the design of the building accounts for moisture-related and thermal-related problems that often arise with indoor pool environments.

The MAE course-related study involved a continuation of the building enclosure analysis using information addressed in AE 537 (Building Failures) concerning moisture-related problems with buildings.  Extensive use of AE 597A (Computer Modeling) was also necessary to model the proposed trusses and proposed lateral force resisting systems in SAP2000.

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To view a PDF copy of the executive summary, please click here.

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