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Thesis Proposal

Structural Depth

This thesis proposal thoroughly outlines the entire process in order to optimize the building design for the CityFlatsHotel. For the structural depth, the current concrete masonry structure will be redesigned to an all steel frame system while maintaining the precast concrete planks floor system. The lateral system will consist of shear walls surrounding the staircases and elevator shaft, with the possible use of braced frames for extra lateral support. Either a curtain wall system or a structural panel facade will replace the current exterior shear walls. Additionally, the existing foundation will be checked for the proposed structural design.
To view a PDF version of the Thesis Proposal, please click here. Revision of Original (01/13/12)
To view a PDF version of the Executive Summary, please click here. (12/09/11)
To view a full PDF version of the Thesis Proposal, please click here. (12/09/11)

Breadth Study I: Architectural Study

Due to the proposed alternate structural design, a study of how modifications will alter the existing architecture of the building will be conducted. Converting the structural system from a concrete masonry structure to a steel structure will change the architectural features of the building, especially the exterior facade design. Research will be performed to determine the effects a new system impacts the architecture. It will be investigated as to whether the new system could possibly create a more flexible layout and/or aesthetical look compared to the existing design. Steel along the exterior of the structure may allow for the use of either a curtain wall system, allowing more daylight into the building, structural wall panels, or non-load bearing masonry walls. Heat loss calculations will be provided to compare variations between the existing and alternate facades. The more efficient system will be determined based on the conclusions.

Breadth Study II: Construction Management

Implementing the proposed alternate structural design of a steel frame system creates two construction management issues due to the change in material. The two issues are project cost and construction schedule. Both issues will be addressed and compared for the existing, as well as the proposed alternative building system. Based on the results, conclusions will be made to determine if the proposed design is a feasible solution based on cost and time efficiency.
"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 Hunter Woron. 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."