Technical Reports

Technical Report 1

Technical Report 1 is a synopsis of the scope of work being performed and contractual organization of the construction of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) for The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens by Turner Construction. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) project is primarily the development of a currently undeveloped portion of the Phipps Conservatory campus in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh PA. Included in the project is the demolition of a small portion of warehouse and the new construction of a 3 story, 24,350 SF mixed use educational facility/office building.

Technical Report 2

Technical Assignment 2 critically analyzes and evaluates the project execution of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes is a 24,350 square feet new construction project being built for the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA. The most distinguishing features of the project are its numerous sustainable technologies and high standard of sustainability. Upon completion, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes will be a net-zero water and net-zero energy use building, on an annual basis. Currently, the project is working towards three separate sustainability certifications: USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) LEED Platinum, ILFI (International Living Future Institute) Living Building Challenge, and Sustainable SITES.

Technical Report 3

Technical Assignment 3 critically analyzes and evaluates the Center for Sustainable Landscapes project’s execution and alternative methods for construction. This report identifies problematic and non-problematic aspects of construction and investigates their potential for research, schedule compression, and value engineering. It also explores opportunities for the implementation of alternative construction practices, and evaluates their candidacy for additional analysis.


Architectural Engineering's e-Studio

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web-based 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 select the button below.



User 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 Daniel Zartman. 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.


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