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Thesis Proposal


Depth Study

The structural depth proposal will focus on a conversion of the current concrete framing system to a steel framing system in the Embassy Suited Hotel project. The components of this redesign will consist of the design of framing members and floor systems will be selected in looking to achieve an alternate design as efficient and functional as the existing system in place. Gravity and lateral load analysis will also be performed in to order to determine the buildings response to these loads, its ability to resist them and compare the results to the existing design.

Breadth Study I: Acoustical

The acoustical study will delve into the effects of having a steel framed structure on the acoustics of the buildings, examining the effect on a typical guest room. An investigation into what practices and solutions could be put forth to ensure that sound and noise levels will be controlled when changing the framing system of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Breadth Study II: Construction

In this breathe topic, it will be examined how altering the predominant material in the building will affect the construction process. The goal of this study will be to examine the effect of having steel framing on the construction process and the overall site layout of the project . The study will also delve in to the size of the equipment needed for the steel erection process.

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