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

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Nicholas L. Ziegler
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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.

Technical Assignments

Technical Assignment 1

Technical Report 1 is an analysis of the structural concepts and existing building conditions of the Belmont Executive Center; Building A. A description of the structural system, as well as, the codes and materials used are all included. A wind and seismic analysis was conducted on the lateral building system, along with gravity load spot checks that checked the existing building members.

To view a complete version of Tech 1, click here. (PDF)

Technical Assignment 2

Technical Report 2 is a pro/con study of alternative floor systems for the Belmont Executive Center; Building A. The three different systems include a two-way flat slab, pre-cast concrete on steel, and a two-way post-tensioned slab. Each were compared in regards to their cost, weight, floor depth, constructability, and other factors.

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Technical Assignment 3

Technical Report 3 is an analysis of the existing lateral system in the Belmont Executive Center; Building A. The lateral system consists of four braced frames; three of which are located in the short direction of the building, and one is located in the long direction. Load distribution to the frames was determined through calculations of relative stiffnesses. A 3-D ETABS model of the building was created, and both wind and seismic load cases were applied to determine the maximum deflection of the lateral system. Brace 1 was then analyzed to determine if uplift would have an affect on foundation design, and to see if the lower columns provided adquate strength to resist the axial load created by both gravity and wind loads.

To view a complete version of Tech 3, click here. (PDF)


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