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welcome to laura pica's senior thesis website!

River Vue Apartments is a unique project due to its distinctive location at the “point” in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as its curved-cornered facade. Formerly known as the old state office building of Pittsburgh, this renovation project is expected to produce some of the city’s most desired apartment and condominium spaces with views of mount washington, Heinz stadium, PNC park, and all three rivers.

The capstone project electronic portfolio (CPEP) is a web based project and information center. It contains material 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 design course and its requirements click here.


thesis news feed

4-17-2012 ABET assessment completed, thesis and CPEP reflection posted, student bio updated
4-17-2012 executive summary of final report
4-4-2012 final presentation posted
3-26-2012 final presentation outline posted
3-21-2012 final report posted
3-21-2012 thesis research page updated
2-16-2012 proposal updated
1-10-2012 building statistics, thesis proposal, thesis research updated
11-16-2011 tech 3 posted
10-18-2011 tech 2 posted
10-13-2011 abstract updated
10-4-2011 building statistics page edited
9-22-2011 tech 1 posted
9-16-2011 student bio updated
9-5-2011 abstract posted
9-2-2011 student biography posted
8-31-2011 existing conditions report due
8-26-2011 building statistics part 1 due
8-22-2011 class begins and owner permission due
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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 in progress 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 laura pica. 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.

date last edited: 4/17/12