Student Health Center
University Park, PA

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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Technical Assignments

Technical Report 1: Existing Conditions

The first technical report focuses on the existing state of the Student Health Center. The current structural system and major building components are identified, as well as the codes and standards used in the design. Gravity and lateral loads are determined and a spot check of typical gravity members is done. To view a PDF of Tech Report 1, click here or on the top image on the right.





Technical Report 2: Alternate Floor Systems

The intent of the second technical report is to determine if there is a plausible alternative to the current floor system in place at the Student Health Center. A typical interior bay is chosen to analyze the different systems. The floor type currently in place is composite steel framing with lightweight concrete fill. The other systems studied are:

- Two-way Flat Slab
- Two-way Post-Tensioned Slab
- Hollow Core Plank on Steel

These floor systems are compared in relation to cost, size, constructability, effect on other building components, and other pertinent characteristics. The feasibility of each system is analyzed and viable alternatives are determined. To view a PDF of Tech Report 2, click here or on the middle image on the right.




Technical Report 3: Lateral System Analysis

For technical report 3, a more in-depth look at the lateral force resisting system was completed. Force exerted on each individual steel frame was calculated using relative stiffness determined from a computer model in STAAD. Direct shear and torsional shear were calculated for each frame, along with a check of overturning, displacement, and strength for selected members. To view a PDF of Tech Report 3, click here or on the bottom image on the right.

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