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Brooke Helgesen

Construction Management






The Senior Thesis course was an excellent opportunity to utilize the skills learned throughout my architectural engineering career.

Initially, I felt challenged by the magnitude of the assignment and the individual responsibility required. Although, throughout the semester the incremented

technical assignments and aid of the faculty proved to be reassuring and helpful. As I continued to research my project, discover issues, and develop solutions

I became increasingly more confident that I had the skills necessary to complete this task. My analyses led to more knowledge on topics I was less familiar with and

to find that I thoroughly enjoyed areas of architectural engineering that I would not have discovered otherwise. Reflecting on the overall process, I realize that this was

a priceless experience to be able to single-handedly develop analyses from beginning to end.



The E-Portfolio used for documenting the progress of Senior Thesis served its purpose although was a difficult tool to use. The lack of experience with the program

led to a lot of time dedicated to understanding it and with minimal help. However, once the CPEP site was underway it became a great resource to share all the work I

completed. I used past CPEP sites as a reference to help with formatting and the expectations required. In the end, I am glad that I was exposed to this tool and that it

will remain public for the next few years.



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Senior Thesis Main Page Penn State AE AE Computer Labs Contact Brooke

The Capstone Project Electronic Porfolio (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. thesis 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-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 Brooke Helgesen. 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.

This page was last updated on 8/31/11 by Brooke Helgesen and is hosted by the Department of Architectural Engineering, Copyright ©2011