• Hamot Women's Hospital
    UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital is a first class
    facility for Mothers and Babies, located overlooking
    the bayfront of Lake Erie.
  • Hamot Women's Hospital
    With very luxurious interior finishes UMPC Hamot
    was designed to make the patient feel at home.
  • Hamot Women's Hospital
    UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital was intended to utilize
    earth tones in order to sooth the patients at the
    hospital, notice the tree like column covers, the
    clouds on the ceiling, and the stream pattern on
    the floor.
  • Hamot Women's Hospital
    UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital delivered their first
    child on January 9th, 2011. Baby Armani Maria!

More About Justin

Justin Kovach is completing his fifth and final year in the Architectural Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation in May 2012, Justin will have earned his Bachelors and Masters of Architectural Engineering through the Integrated Program.

During his time at Penn State Justin has been very involved with many student organizations on campus. He is currently serving as the President of the Penn State Structural Engineers Association, the Vice-President and Co-Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute – Penn State Student Chapter, and an active member in NAHB-PSU, SSAE, and ASCE-PSU.

Justin is also very interested in many athletic activities available on campus. He has been a member of the Penn State Racquetball Team for 2 years and has enjoyed playing ice hockey since 2nd grade. In his free time you can often find him playing one of many sports, including football, baseball/softball, volleyball, ice hockey, and racquetball.

Due to the hard work and commitment of himself and his parents, Justin has taken full advantage of his education. Due to taking several classes while in high school, Justin was able to transfer 27 credits to Penn State. This will allow him to graduate ahead of schedule, with more classes than are required to achieve the degree. Due to the hard work and commitment of his parents, Justin was able to spend 7 weeks of his 2010 summer break studying abroad in Italy. During his 2011 summer break he interned with Atlantic Engineering Services in Pittsburgh. This was a great learning experience for him and a great supplement to his education.

Justin Kovach's Resume

Photos of Justin

Senior Capstone Project (CPEP):

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web-based project and information center. It contains materials 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 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 project are solely the interpretation of Justin Kovach. 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.

Latest News

April 25, 2012

Site Complete, Ready for Review

March 4, 2012

Final Report Posted

Final Presentation Posted

February 2, 2012

Revised Proposal Posted

January 20, 2012

Thesis Question Posted to Forum

January 12, 2012

Revised Proposal Posted

December 15, 2011

Proposal Posted

November 29, 2011

Tech 2 Re-Posted

November 15, 2011

Tech 3 Posted

Tech 2 Re-Posted

October 19, 2011

Tech 2 Posted

October 11, 2011

Tech 1 Re-Posted

Abstract Posted

September 23, 2011

Tech 1 Posted

August 28, 2011

Building Statistics Posted

Bio Posted

August 27, 2011

Website Created with All pages Functional and Linked

August 23, 2011

Thank You Letters Sent Out

August 22, 2011

Class Began

Attained Owner Permission

August 19, 2011

Meet with Architect

Site Visit

August 16, 2011

Attained Drawings

Thesis Sponsors

UPMC Hamot

Atlantic Engineering Services

Rectenwald Architects