Gary Haffely

Mechanical Option


Slippery Rock University Student Union 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 Gary Haffely. 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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Gary Haffely   Mechanical Option


Slippery Rock University Student Union

Slippery Rock, Pa

The entire senior thesis process provided me with a valuable learning experience of real world mechanical system design and operation.  The fall semester allowed me to analyze the existing mechanical system in order to gain an understanding of the building’s equipment and performance.  The spring semester allowed me to use the information from the fall to perform research in order to change and improve the existing mechanical system.  Throughout both semesters, both faculty and industry professionals were very helpful in providing advice on specific areas of the design.  I was able to apply skills acquired from previous classes at Penn State to successfully carry out the mechanical redesign. 

The structural and construction breadths allowed me to explore areas outside my option by using techniques and information learned earlier in the AE curriculum.  The senior thesis allowed me to develop professional relationships skills by having close contact with those who helped me throughout the process.  These skills will aid my career path toward becoming a project manager for a mechanical contractor.  



Credits and Acknowledgements:


I would like to express my gratitude all of the people who have helped me with my thesis throughout the course of the year.  Special thanks go out to the following for all their assistance:

Herbert Carlson (Slippery Rock University)

Nick Rosko (CJL Engineering)

Ray Muecci (CJL Engineering)

Zach Brehm (Mascaro Construction)

Mark Taylor (Nitterhouse Inc.)

Dustin Eplee (Advisor)

Ron Grimm (DRS Architects)

I would also like to thank my friends in the AE program with me along with those who have already graduated.  It couldn’t have been done without you.