St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

3030 West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607


Dennis Gibson — Construction Management

This page was last updated on February 22, 2011, by DJ Gibson and is hosted by the AE Department ©2010.

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 DJ Gibson. 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.

Thesis Proposal…

Fall Proposal

The Fall Thesis Proposal has been drafted based on preliminary studies conducted in the Technical Assignments.  Currently there are four depth topics that cover construction industry critical issues, VE analysis, schedule acceleration scenarios, and constructability review.  There are also two breadth topics; one outlining a structural redesign, the other a mechanical system energy reduction      system integration.  Please Click the link above to view a PDF copy of this report.


Proposal Breadth Topics

In addition to the thorough analyses pertaining to the construction of the project, two breadths have been selected for further      analysis which will tie back into the original analyses.  They will consist of a structural design breadth, and a mechanical design breadth focused on energy reduction.

Structural Breadth

Based on the results of the structural slab constructability and cost comparison matrix, the most beneficial slab choice from Depth Analysis #2 will be chosen for further structural design analysis.  A basic floor layout will be designed to incorporate this new system.  There will be a need to consult with structural engineering faculty members and advisors at Penn State to review basic design         procedures learned in 300 level Architectural Engineering structural courses, and likely expand more on that and into some 400 level knowledge of concrete systems.  Once a design is correctly calculated, some sample construction documents can be drafted, including plans, sections, and details of the system.

Mechanical Design Breadth

Using the LEED analysis information from Depth Analysis #4, and consulting with a mechanical design engineer, some type of          additional energy recovery systems will be designed.  More importantly energy modeling may be utilized to express energy usage and potential cost savings to the owner.  A matrix may be created to assess the feasibility, cost, and benefits of several different options.   Taking it a step further, some type of energy production system can possibly be designed if Depth Analysis #4 proves to be insufficient. 


Spring Proposal Revision 1-14-11

This revision reflects a change to Analysis Topic #4.  This analysis has shifted from a LEED / Energy Reduction analysis to a BIM analysis for shop drawing integration, particularly for reinforcing steel, post tension cables, and other embeds in concrete.  The mechanical breadth has also been changed to an architectural breadth which will be based largely on the façade redesign in Analysis Topic #1. Please click the link above to view a PDF of the revised proposal.


Spring Proposal Final Revision 2-22-11

The final proposal revision has eliminated the analysis topic regarding phased turnover.  It was found that the research would not be able to produce sufficient deliverables.  The façade redesign analysis has expanded though, to include a more in depth analysis of the construction method for the precast panels, as opposed to focusing on solely the window connection details.  Please click on the link above to view a PDF of the final revised proposal.