Construction Management
Carderock Springs Elementary School Modernization
Bethesda, Maryland

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Thesis Proposal

This proposal will be the outline for the research that will be performed during the Spring 2010 Semester. The proposal will use Carderock Springs as a model to analyze how BIM can be used to assist with different construction management and design issues on s small scale project. The proposal also includes a schedule and matrix that will assist to allocate my time to complete the proposed Thesis.

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Breadth Studies


A structural breadth will be demonstrated in the switching of a CMU load bearing walls to structural steel columns in Analysis 3.  In order to make this switch I will have to calculate loads and size structural beams and columns to support the roof over large open areas with long span joists.  Also incorporated in this will be the schedule and cost differences of this switch.  It is expected that the switch will be cheaper and faster the build than the CMU load bearing system.



A mechanical breadth will be demonstrated through the implementation of solar water heating and rain water reclamation system.  The addition of these systems will require the building to have additional water pump requirements and different heating load requirements for the water.  Solar panels will decrease electrical load and will also decrease theize of water heaters.  The reduction of water from the utility will also be calculated which can result in different requirements for the utility connection.  This breadth will be demonstrated in the sizing of water pumps, piping, and size of the rain water storage system for the building.

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Executive Summary

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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 Joseph Hirsch. 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.
This page was last updated on December 14, 2009