Construction Management
Carderock Springs Elementary School Modernization
Bethesda, Maryland

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This web site is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.


ABET Outcomes for AE 481W/482

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Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable
Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated
More than minumum level of ability demonstrtated
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a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. An ability to analyze and interpret data
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. An ability to communicate effectively
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
i. An ability to engage in life-long learning
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program
p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects

AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

This course was a very effective course in independent learning and research. I feel like it is a good ending to a curriculum that concentrates primarily on group projects. Learning and researching independently forces you to exploit all your resources from your past curriculum and from summer internships. Overall I believe that this served as a very effective tool to demonstrate the knowledge obtained while in the Architectural Engineering department at Penn State.

CPEP Reflection

The CPEP website was a great tool to easily share your work with the faculty and all interested parties. It is also a great way to showcase the portfolio of work that we have completed across the senior thesis classes. It is also a great resource to obtain ideas from past students to further develop your thesis into a more comprehensive peice of work.

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.