Charles E. Smith Center Renovation

Washington, DC

Paul Hallowell

Mechanical Option

This page was last updated on 19 January 2011, by Paul Hallowell 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 Paul Hallowell. 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

Revised Proposal


The proposal contains an overview of the current building systems and goes into possible alternatives that will be considered to increase efficiency, decrease energy consumption, decrease overall costs, and improve overall sustainability.

A Combined Heat and Power Plant will replace the existing boilers currently in place.  This captures the heat that is usually discarded in the generation of power.

An energy recovery system in the form of an Energy Recovery Wheel will replace the current AHU’s on the second and third floors due to the high outside air content in theses spaces.  This will help capture more energy that is normally discarded.

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With the addition of a combined heat and power plant, there will be an additional electrical supply to the facility.  The exploration of this additional supply will be used as an electrical breadth.  Ideally, this could drastically reduce the outside energy use required by the Smith Center.  The amount of electrical energy generated by the new CHP system could have a large effect on building cost and therefore could offset an increase in space by the CHP system. 

Construction Management

To analyze the time and cost of construction of implementing the proposed alternatives, a construction management breadth will be explored.  Time is a large factor when it comes to construction which in turn relates to the cost.  With a shorter construction period, there will be less labor charges as well as a sooner move in time both of which will reduce overall cost.  Because this is used for athletic events and is an existing building, the schedule should take into account the seasons of the respected sports.


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