Adam Kaczmarek Structural Option


Cambria Suites Hotel Pittsburgh, PA


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Technical Report 1

Structural Concepts and Existing Conditions


The following report includes a detailed overview of the structural system of Cambria Suites, as well as, the codes and code requirements for gravity and lateral load conditions. In addition, the report will also include a wind, seismic, and snow analysis, along with gravity load spot checks of existing structural members.


Technical Report 1 can be viewed here (PDF)




Technical Report 2

Structural Study of Alternate Floor Systems


The following report is a comparison of the existing floor system of the Cambria Suites Hotel, which is precast hollow-core concrete plank, and three proposed alternate floor systems. Each alternate system will be analyzed for a typical bay of the building. The alternate systems designed in this report are:

*Precast Hollow-Core Plank on Steel

*Composite Steel Deck

*One-Way Joist System

A brief summary of the existing floor system, as well as a detailed discussion that considers the advantages and disadvantages of the alternate floor systems will also be provided. Once the comparison of each system is made, the most feasible alternate floor system that could be used at the Cambria Suites Hotel is determined.


Technical Report 2 can be viewed here (PDF)




Technical Report 3

Lateral System Analysis and Confirmation Design


The following report is an analysis of the lateral system for the Cambria Suites Hotel. The lateral system is comprised of concrete masonry shear walls around the exterior of the building, as well as surrounding the core elevator shafts and staircases in the building. An ETABS model of the hotel was designed to verify hand calculations for the center of rigidities, relative stiffness, torsional and direct shear, story drifts and displacements, and overturning moments. Lateral checks were performed to verify the lateral system is adequate to resist the lateral forces against the building. Load combinations used for this report are based on ASCE 7-05.


Technical Report 3 can be viewed here (PDF)

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 Adam Kaczmarek. 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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