Steelstacks Preforming Arts Center

Bethlehem, Pa

Michael Dean

Mechanical Option

This page was last updated on 4/18/2011, by Michael Dean and is hosted by the AE Department © 2010.

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 Michael Dean. 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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This Proposal contains the discussion of  the system designed for the Steelstacks building in Bethlehem, PA,  as well as alternative solutions to  investigate and apply to improve the building design.  The Proposal contains alternatives of Ground Source Heat Pumps, Solar Energy, and Thermal storage.  It also contains two breadth topics which deviate from the overall topic of energy consumption, but still require investigation, these topics include acoustical and architectural.

Ground Source Heat Pumps will be investigate for feasibility as well as overall improvement on the building loads.  An analysis will be performed to see the effectiveness of this system, as well as a cost of  new system.

Solar Energy is an area of energy that could drastically improve the overall energy consumption of the building.  This will be looked into to verify if it would be appropriate in the Steelstacks building.  This will be used to once again flatten the overall load of the building and improve on energy  savings.

Thermal Storage will be evaluated based on cost savings of utilizing this system.  Ice or chilled water storage will be looked into to save on peak time demand of electricity to serve the building load.  Initial cost , efficiency, and space requirements will all be looked into


Architectural consideration will be looked into  for the possibility of placing architectural shades or some type of load reducing elements to the large floor to ceiling windows on one side of the building.  A look into this will see if this is a possibility without infringing on the strong architectural concept of the building.

Acoustical elements of the building will be looked into to see if an improvement of the installation of the roof top equipment improve the quality of the building sound.  A look into the vibration of the roof and installation of proper sound reducing materials will be evaluated.