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.

Thesis Research


Resources & Contacts:

Johanna H. Harris P.E. - Associate Vice President, HGA: Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Jonathan Wacker - Engineer, HGA

Daniel G. Fisher Sr. - Managing Partner, Girder-Slab
Peter Naccarato P.E. - Engineer, Girder-Slab

Kurt Johnson - Project Manager, Turner Construction
William Beck - Project Superintendent, Turner Construction

Megan Wortman -Field Engineer, Turner Construction
Wally Cogley - Turner Construction

Richard Vedvik - Acoustical Engineer, KJWW


Codes, Standards & References:

American Institute of Steel Construction. AISC: 2005  Manual of Steel Construction, 13th Edition.
American Institute of Steel Construction. Steel Design Guide #11, Floor Vibrations Due to Human Activity
2006 IBC
2000 NFPA 101 2006 Guidelines for Design & Construction of Health Care Facilities
1998 Pennsylvania Department of Health Rules and Regulations for Hospitals
ASCE 7‐05: for wind, seismic, snow and gravity loads
ACI 318‐08: for concrete construction
ASHRAE Handbook: HVAC Applications & Fundamentals
PCI 2003 for vibration
RS Means 2007


ATC 1999 for vibration (ADAPT technical note TN209 3/21/09 for reference)



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