33 Harry Agganis Way

Resident Tower II

Boston University

Tyler Meek
Structural Option

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The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It
contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing
central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.

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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 Tyler Meek. 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; herefore,investigation results may vary from the original

The structural depth for this thesis will be to redesign the structural system of Res Tower II. A staggered truss system will be used for the new gravity system and possibly the lateral system. If the trusses designed for lateral loads are deemed inefficient, two further options will be investigated that utilize the staggered truss system to carry only gravity loads. The first option will be to modify the existing lateral system to avoid the connection issues that were encountered during the construction process. Designing a new lateral system using either concrete shear walls or new braced frames is the second option. These three alternative solutions will be compared and evaluated to select the best option.

To view a PDF version of the proposal, click here.

To view a PDF version of the revised proposal, click here.
Revisions include minor vocabulary changes.

To veiw a PDF version of the most up to date proposal, click here.
Revisions include changing breadth topics (March 12, 2011)

Breadth Topic 1  
  Using a staggered truss system will have a direct impact on the interior of Res Tower II. The trusses will be visible in certain parts of the interior inlcuding a large study lounge and possibly a large recreational space. An architectural breadth analysis will be required to document how changing the structural system will influence the architectural appearance of Res Tower II.
Breadth Topic 2  
  The second breadth study will include creating a site logistics plan to allow for an efficient construction schedule. Construction management decisions will be made such as crane location and time delivery versus using a shake down area.
MAE Requirements
Utilizing the knowledge gained from AE 534, Steel Connections, typical connections will be designed for the trusses. Two typical connection types will be designed:
  Flange member to column
Diagonal and vertical web members to flange member




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