Park Place Corporate
       Center One

1000 Commerce Drive
Findlay Township
Pennsylvania, 15026

Connor Blood ǀ Senior Thesis Project ǀ Mechanical Option



Original Proposal


Revised Proposal


There was one main adjustment that was made to the revised proposal.  Instead of proposing to study the     addition of mechanical systems to the roof or on grade, only the roof will be pursued moving forward.  This implies that the construction breadth must also be abandoned and replaced with a study of the buildings     electrical systems and the variations between alternatives.

Three mechanical system alternatives will be studied throughout the remainder of this senior capstone project.  The first alternative will be the building systems as they exist today—packaged rooftop units.  The second  alternative will be to replace those rooftop units with a chilled water system that includes an air-cooled chiller placed on the roof of the building.  The third and final alternative will be to supplement the chilled water     system with a thermal energy storage (TES) system.  The overall goal is to determine which system is the best fit for the building both in terms of energy and life cycle cost.

Also to be considered, two breadth studies will be performed.  The first is to understand the structural capacity of the roof in that it will be able to support the additional mechanical system weight.  The second, will be to study the cost of construction of adding the mechanical systems to the ground floor just outside of the      building.

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 Connor Blood. 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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