Senior Capstone Project

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



























CPEP Site Complete

 CPEP Site is complete and ready for final review.

Final Presentation

Final Presentation: A PDF version of the Final Presentation of this thesis project was posted in its entirety .

Also, an additional ppt version of the Final Presentation of this thesis project was posted in its entirety

Final Report

Final Report: A PDF version of the Final Report of this thesis project was posted in its entirety .

Also, an additional PDF was uploaded containing the Exectuive Summary and Summary and Conclusion pages from the report

Discussion Board Question Posted

Posted a question on the Thesis Discussion Board betweem students, professors, and industry professionals

Revised Proposal

Revised Thesis Proposal: Redesign of Lateral System

Breadth Study Updates

Thesis Proposal

Thesis Proposal: Redesign of Lateral System

Structural Depth:
The thesis redesign will place Hunter's Point South in a higher siesmic zone in Redding, California, and replace teh existing lateral system with eccentrically braced frames (EBF). The redesign will implement two different ASCE7-10 analysis procedures to determine two new design.

Breadth 1: Architectural Impact
Focus on impact of both EBF redesigns on architectural layout and visual appearence.

Breadth 2: Construction Impact
Focus on impact of both EBF redesigns on cost estimates and construction schedule of current project

Tech Report 3

Technical Report 3: Lateral System Analysis and Confirmation Design

In-depth analysis of the lateral system that builds off of Technical Report 1.

Uses 3D ETABS model to analyze strength and serviceability requirements of the lateral system. Looks at stiffness, drift control, foundation impact, and lateral member spot checks.

Thesis Abstract

Abstract Overview of Hunter's Point South School

Tech Report 2

Technical Report 2: Pro-Con Structural Study on Alternate Floor Systems

Evaluate the current design of Hunter's Point.
Analyze three alternative floor systems. Compare alternates with existing floor system and evaluate its viability as a redesign.

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Tech Report 1

Technical Report l:Structural Concepts & Existing Conditions

Evaluate the current design of Hunter's Point.
Summarize the different structural systems present.
Look at gravity and lateral loads and determine controlling shear force.
Spot check gravity system.

Building Statistics 1

Part 1 of Building Statistics is complete and posted on CPEP website

Student Bio Page

Student Biography page is created and posted on CPEP Website

CPEP Website

CPEP website fully functional

All tabs and links work correctly


CPEP Homepage Draft

Have completed draft of home page for CPEP Webiste

9/2/2011- Have complete News Feed completed

Existing Conditions

First section of Tech Report #1

Includes general building information

Architectural information

Building Statistics 1

Building Statistics 1 Include:

General Project Information

Architectural Features

Building Enclosure Details

Sustainabilty Features

Dreamweaver Seminar

Attended Dreamweaver/CPEP informational seminar

Started CPEP website setup

Thank You Letter

Sent out thank you letters to Edward Szwarc and Sharvil Patel of Skanska for helping me aquire and start my project.

Owner Permission

Recieved signed owner permission to use my building for my thesis project.

Aquired Building

Aquired a Skanska Senior Thesis Project.

Was awarded the Hunter's Point South Intermediate and High School in Long Island City, New York.



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 Michael Payne. 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.