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Jacob Brambley
Structural Option

 User 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 Jacob Brambley. 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.
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Structural Depth

A post-tensioned slab will be studied to replace the current composite steel system.  This new system will reduce slab thickness and perhaps allow for an additional floor to be added to the building.  New concrete columns and shear walls will also be designed for a more realistic comparison of the two different building designs.  Upon completion of the study, the two systems will be compared in regards to serviceability, floor area, floor height, appearance, practicality of construction, and other important characteristics.

Breadth Topic 1: Construction Management

A study of the cost and schedule difference between the proposed concrete structure and the existing steel structure will be completed.  Impacts on foundations, constructability, lead time, materials, as well as any other significant impacts on a successful project will be considered.

Breadth Topic 2: Shading

One problem encountered on the SHC project was finding a suitable window shade for the south facing curtain wall.  The fabric shades wrinkled and rolled up unevenly due to the size of the glass it needed to cover.  A study will be conducted on the implementation of light shelves and/or other exterior features for shading and daylighting purposes.  Effects of this new system on interior lighting will be examined and possible fixture layout changes in perimeter rooms will be implemented. Characteristics such as cost, constructability, architectural aesthetics, and durability will be considered and compared with the current system.

Original Posted on 1/5/10
To view a PDF of the Original Executive Summary, click here.
To view a PDF of the Entire Original Proposal, click here.

Revised Posted on 1/20/10
To view a PDF of the Revised Executive Summary, click here.
To view a PDF of the Entire Revised Proposal, click here or on the image on the right.



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