1776 Wilson Boulevard


Structural Depth:

The proposed structural depth topic involves moving 1776 Wilson Boulevard from Arlington Virginia to the Central District of the Oakland/San Francisco metropolitan area in California. This move will increase seismic loads and lead to a redesign of the current lateral force resisting system. An alternative steel moment frame system will be designed with options for braced frames or shear walls as well. RAM will be used to model the structures and to aid in efficient sizing of gravity members.


Construction Management Depth:

The first depth topic will involve creating new schedules for the redesigned lateral force resisting system and the newly designed steel moment frame system. Once scheduling is complete, a cost analysis can be performed. This analysis will show if a steel structure is an economically viable option once the location change is made, both in time and in cost. New critical paths will be determined as well.


Sustainability Depth:

Several significant features of 1776 Wilson's Platinum LEED rating will need to be modified once the location is switched to a different climate zone. Once the new site is chosen, an in depth analysis on energy usage and savings from differences in HVAC design to effectiveness of photovoltaic solar panels will be performed. Comparisons to the current LEED score card will be made and all differences, both improvements or lack thereof, will be reported. The computer program RETScreen will be used to analyze solar efficiency and hand calculations will be performed to verify the results found by RETScreen as well as to obtain any other useful information.


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A revised proposal has been posted as of January 13th, 2012. To view the full revised proposal, click here.





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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 Joshua Urban. 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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