Nicholas L. Ziegler
Belmont Executive Center Building A
Ashburn, VA

Welcome to Nicholas Ziegler's Penn State AE thesis page.
Nicholas L. Ziegler
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report
Senior Thesis e-Studio
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 Nicholas Ziegler. 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.


The Penn State senior thesis project is a year long study and analysis of a building of the student's choice. General information is compiled, followed by more indepth information about the building ie. the structural, mechanical, and electrical/lighting systems. Each student then presents a proposal for more advanced work on the building. All must complete work in their specific option, as well as work in the other Architectural Engineering options. At the years end, every student prepares a written and verbal report. The verbal report is presetented to a jury of selected professionals and faculty.


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 website 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.


Special thanks to Haynes Whaley Associates and Toll Brothers Commercial for providing assistance and allowing me to study the Belmont Executive Center Building A.

Date: Assignments:
05.02.10 CPEP Site is Complete and Ready for Final Review
05.02.10 ABET Assessment and Reflections Posted
05.02.10 Final Presentation Posted
04.07.10 Final Report Posted
1.18.10 Revised Thesis Proposal Posted
12.15.09 Thesis Proposal Posted
12.1.09 Technical Report 3 Posted
10.28.09 Technical Report 2 Posted
10.12.09 Building Statistics II Posted
10.06.09 Thesis Abstract Posted
10.05.09 Technical Report 1 Posted
9.08.09 Building Statistics I Posted
9.09.09 Fully Functioning CPEP Page
9.08.09 Student Bio Posted
9.01.09 Owner Permission Received
8.30.09 CPEP Webpage Created
8.24.09 Classes Begin
This page was last updated on 05/03/2010 , by Nicholas Ziegler and is hosted by the AE Department ©2009