Weill Cornell Medical Research Building
413 East 69th Street
New York, NY


Jonathan Coan
Structural Option

(Rendering to the left courtesy of Ennead Architects)


Student Biography

Building Statistics

Thesis Abstract

Technical Assignments

Thesis Research

Thesis Proposal


Final Report


Senior Thesis



Jonathan Coan is currently in his 5th year in the ABET accredited Architectural Engineering Program at the Pennsylvania State University. In May 2012 he will graduate with an integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree in the structural option. Jon is a member of a number of student organizations including the Student Society of Architectural Engineers (the Penn State chapter of the Architectural Engineering Institute) and the Structural Engineers Association (SEA). He is a national member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) as well as a member of the local student chapter (EERI-PSU).

Having grown up in the New York metropolitan area, Jon has been in love with beautiful—especially tall—buildings for as long as he can remember. When he was in high school, instead of taking traditional art classes he took a sequence of three classes: mechanical and architectural drafting, CAD, and project presentation drawing. These classes inspired him to combine his love of architecture and his love of physics to pursue the field of architectural engineering. Jon will obtain EIT status upon graduation. He then hopes to begin working as a structural engineer at a consulting or AE firm in order to continue on to a Professional Engineer (PE) license. Jon’s dream is to help design beautiful buildings that will become landmarks and fixtures in skylines like the majestic expanse of New York City with which he is so familiar.

In his spare time, Jon is also a musician. Mostly self-taught, he’s been playing guitar for over a decade now. He was also born tone deaf and has miraculously trained his ear and voice to allow him to sing.


Jonathan Coan's Resume

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 Jonathan Coan. 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.

Senior Thesis

Penn State

AE Department

AE Computer Labs


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