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Hyatt Place North Shore

Pittsburgh, PA
Kyle Tennant
Structural Option





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Kyle Tennant is a 5th year student in the Architectural Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State University.  He plans to graduate in December of 2011 with an Integrated Bachlor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree, with a focus on Structural Systems.  Kyle is a member of Structural Engineers Association (SEA) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

Over the past three summers, Kyle has gained a variety of useful experience.  One summer he worked for Burt Hill Architectural Engineering firm as a lighting/electrical intern, gaining exposure to the workings and procedures of a professional office.  While there he worked with electrical engineers on drawings and assisted in the placement of system elements.  Kyle’s past two summers have been spent working for R. E. Helterbran Construction, a small residential contractor in his hometown of Ligonier, PA.  Working here has helped him to learn first hand what goes into completing a project from start to finish and how to deal with daily complications that arise.  It was also valuable to spend time working with the construction crew and see how their views differ from that of the engineers.

Outside of work and school, Kyle’s passion for building and problem solving is still very much a part of his life; from the mountain bike trails, to the ski slopes.  Kyle’s structural knowledge and creativity has grown and been cultivated over the years, whether he was 10 yrs old and trying to figure out why his bridge failed or 22 and designing a way to ski without snow.  Kyle looks forward to translating this passion into a lifelong career designing creative and efficient structures.



Self-designed and built snowless ski ramp

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Pennsylvania State University

Architectural Engineering

AE Computer Labs

Senior Thesis e-Studio


Dustin McGrew Photography - Panoramic view from North Shore

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pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress
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 Christopher
Ankeny. 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
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