James D. Rotunno
Structural Option


Butler Health System
New Inpatient Tower
Addition & Renovation
Butler, PA

Student Biography
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report
Senior Thesis e-Studio





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 Jim Rotunno. 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.

Technical Assignments

Technical Report No. 1: Structural Concepts &
Existing Conditions Report

This report studies the structural existing conditions of the Butler Memorial Hospital - New Inpatient Tower Addition & Remodel. Included in this report is a detailed description of the structural system, a wind, seismic, and gravity load force analyses, design checks of a typical beam and column, and codes utilized in the design process.


Technical Report No. 2: Alternate Floor Framing Systems Report

Technical Report No. 2 focuses on analyzing three additional floor system by comparing them to the existing floor design. This is done in an attempt to determine ifanother type of system may be a good candidate to replace the designed one. This determination is based off of several design criteria including costs, constructability, time scheduling as well as other impacts. 


Technical Report No. 3:Lateral Force Resisting System

The third technical report focuses on analyzing the lateral force resisting system for the structure. Hand calculations as well as SAP 2000 (2D) was used in this process to try to arrive at the construction document analysis results and member sizes.

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