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  Mark Speicher / Architectural Engineering / Construction Management Option  

Updated Thesis Proposal (1/15/2009)

Original Thesis Proposal

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Breadth Topics:

Mechanical Breadth Study

For the mechanical breadth study I will analyze the current mechanical systems and their efficiencies to determine if they meet LEED certified requirements.  I will also analyze the actions which would need to be taken in order to achieve certification.  If the mechanical systems already meet certified requirements, actions to increase their ranking will be examined.  The changes should have a positive impact on the energy savings within the building, but may have an additional cost.  I will compare these upfront costs with the life cycle cost and calculate the potential payback period of implementing more energy efficient systems.


Structural Breadth Study

In an effort to reduce the schedule, precast concrete slabs will be looked at as a potential area to save time.  Implementing the precast slabs will have a large impact on the structural systems of Building One.  A structural analysis will be performed to identify the changes which will be incurred.  In accordance with this analysis, a structural redesign will be performed on a typical bay.  The effects of making these changes to the structural system will be analyzed from both a cost and schedule standpoint.





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 Mark Speicher. 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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