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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, commonly referred to as "The Clark" is a museum and center for research and higher education. It is dedicated to the promotion, appreciation, and understanding of the arts. The Clark Institute was built in the 1950's and has since had several additions which have been designed by the world-renowned architecture firm Tadao Ando Architects and Associates. The latest and most recent addition, which is currently being built, is the subject of this study. This website is a part of The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP).

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.

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-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 Asher Harder. 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.